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The Top 10 Selling Indian Books By Indian Authors In The UK 2017 (so far…)

Posted by Ray McLennan on 17-Jul-2017 10:05:05

Some readers of our previous blog on the bestselling Indian titles in the UK expressed surprise at the number of Western authors and titles featured on the list. This reveals an important point about contemporary Indian publishing. India is in the perhaps unique position of having a non-English culture combined with a predominantly English language educational, academic and publishing industry. This gives the Indian publishing industry a universalism and diversity that is hard to find elsewhere. No title or author is ‘off-limits’.

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Topics: Indian Authors

Discover The Holy Quran This Ramadan

Posted by Ray McLennan on 15-Jun-2017 12:27:38

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The holy month of Ramadan – observed as a time of fasting by Muslims worldwide – takes place this year between 27th May and 24th June. Ramadan is the ninth month of the traditional Muslim lunar calendar, which begins at the sighting of the first crescent moon following the New Moon of Shab’an, the eighth month.

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Topics: Indian Books

An Unsuitable Boy: The New Autobiography of Karan Johar

Posted by Ray McLennan on 08-Jun-2017 16:19:09
An Unsuitable Boy, by Karan Johar with Poonam Saxena; Penguin Books of India (Shobhaa De’ Books Imprint), ISBN: 9780670087532, RRP £19.99 (Hardback)

With his good looks, personable style and infectious sense of humour, KJo went seamlessly from film director to TV personality. Koffee with Karan, now in its 13th year, is one of India’s most popular television chat shows, playing host to celebrity guests from the entertainment business in India and around the world. subsequent films.

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Topics: Indian Books

The Top Selling Book From Bangladesh In The UK In 2016: The Art Of Kantha Embroidery

Posted by Ray McLennan on 18-May-2017 14:20:00


In a troubled world, there is something deeply satisfying about a bestselling book being one about embroidery. The exquisite art form of Kantha embroidery, traditional to West Bengal and Bangladesh, is the subject of the 2016 top-selling book in the UK from Bangladesh…

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Topics: Books From Bangladesh

The Top 10 Selling Indian Books In The UK In 2016

Posted by Ray McLennan on 02-May-2017 15:40:00

In order of popularity based on the volume of sales, here are the top 10 biggest selling Indian books in the UK from 2016! Enjoy.

All of these books can be ordered for your shop through Motilal Books. Please get in touch for further details.

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Topics: Indian Books

Indian Publishers Focus: TERI Environmental Publishers

Posted by Ray McLennan on 25-Apr-2017 10:52:50

The publisher we examine in this article is radically different to the others we have looked at, demonstrating the vitality and diversity of the Indian English-language publishing industry. You can read our previous articles about Kitab Bhavan, Pentagon Press and Pearson by following these links.

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Indian Publisher Focus: Pearson Publishing

Posted by Ray McLennan on 18-Apr-2017 17:15:20


Pearson Publishing
is one of India’s foremost educational and academic publishers. Like many of India’s academic publishers, Pearson Publishing (India) is an independent franchise of a British publisher, in this case Pearson Education. Other branches include Pearson International and Pearson North America, which generates 60% of the group’s book sales. All the publishing businesses are part of Pearson PLC, an international media and publishing company which formerly owned The Financial Times, among other publications.

Pearson Publishing (India) follows the same model as Oxford University Press. Although it shares the name and brand identity with a western publisher, it is for all practical purposes entirely autonomous. Pearson has a unique Indian book catalogue not available through any other outlet, largely published to meet the needs of India’s English-speaking academic community.

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Indian Publisher Focus: Kitab Bhavan

Posted by Ray McLennan on 03-Mar-2017 14:00:00

Kitab Bhavan of New Dehli, is one of – if not the – leading publisher of Islamic books in the English language.  Kitab (which means book in both Arabic and Hindi) Bhavan was set up to promote English as the common language of scholarship and teaching for Muslims across India. We take a look at this principled, high-quality publishing house in the second of our series of articles about Indian publishing companies. Kitab Bhavan has undertaken a remarkable journey to become a prolific publisher and global distributor, with English language titles being sold around the world. While by no means a large company, with a small team Kitab Bhavan achieves an intellectual output equal to many of the leading Indian publishers, on a range of Islamic topics.

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Topics: Indian Publishers

Visit Us At The London World Book Fair In March 14-16, 2017!

Posted by Ray McLennan on 12-Jan-2017 09:10:00

Join 25,000 attendees and a host of celebrities from across the world at this year’s World Book Fair in London, the world’s leading exhibition for booksellers, publishers and book enthusiasts! We are really excited about taking part as an exhibitor in 2017, showcasing the wealth of literature available from English language Indian publishing companies. This will be our 20th year of exhibiting at the London Book Fair.

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Indian Publisher Focus: Pentagon Press

Posted by Ray McLennan on 06-Jan-2017 11:55:39

To showcase the range of rare and specialised topics on India that we stock at Motilal Books, we’d like to write a series of articles to introduce some of our Indian publishing partners. We are lucky enough to work with some amazing publishers from India, as well as from Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and elsewhere. Each publisher has his own story, his own approach to publishing and a unique company culture.

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Topics: Indian Publishers

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