Indian-Irish author Cauvery Madhavan discusses her latest book, The Tainted, with author Felicity Hayes-McCoy. / Pléann an t-údar Indiach-Éireannach Cauvery Madhavan an leabhar is déanaí léi, The Tainted, leis an údar Felicity Hayes-McCoy.

Date/Dáta: Sunday 22 November
Time/Am: 2.00pm to 2.40pm IST/GMT

Cauvery Madhavan was born and educated in India. She worked as a copywriter in her hometown of Chennai (formerly Madras) before moving to Ireland 33 years ago. She has published two previous books: Paddy Indian and The Uncoupling. Her latest book, The Tainted, tells the story of the real-life mutiny of the Connaught Rangers in India in 1920, in protest at the behaviour of the Black and Tans during the War of Independence—fittingly released in time for the 100th anniversary. The second half of the novel delves into the intricacies and issues of the mixed race children left behind. Speaking to Cauvery on his Newstalk radio show, Pat Kenny said it’s, “a wonderful, wonderful novel…a mixture of romance…tragedy, history…I would recommend it to everyone to read.”

Felicity will talk to Cauvery about the novel, her professional and personal life, her perception of Irish society in 2020, and her hopes and fears for its future as a woman of colour in an Ireland increasingly both challenged and enhanced by the complexities of multiculturalism.  

Felicity Hayes-McCoy lives in London and on the Dingle Peninsula and writes the bestselling series of books based in the fictional west coast town Finfarran. Marian Keyes calls her writing “a pitch-perfect delight”, Cathy Kelly has described the Finfarran books as “a delicious feast”, and “sunshine on the page”. Her latest novel The Heart of Summer was published in May 2020

ONLINE – Date: Sunday 22 November Time: 2.00pm to 2.40pm IST/GMT