The AutHer Awards 2024: Best Non-Fiction and Children’s Novels from Indian Woman Authors

The Women AutHer Award champions Indian female voices in literature, recognizing excellence across genres. It not only celebrates captivating novels through the ‘Best Fiction’ category, but also shines a light on insightful and thought-provoking works by awarding the ‘Best Non-Fiction’ title. Additionally, the award fosters a love for reading in young minds by honouring the ‘Best Children’s Author,’ ensuring a vibrant future for Indian storytelling. Come read through 2024’s longlisted winners with this selection of six!

Raw Umber: A Memoir by Sara Rai (Non-Fiction)

“Raw Umber” is a captivating memoir by Sara Rai that delves into her 1960s childhood in India. More than just a nostalgic look back, the book explores the power of memory and its role in shaping a writer’s identity. Through vivid essays, Rai paints a picture of life in Allahabad and Banaras, weaving together personal experiences with the broader social and cultural landscape of the time. “Raw Umber” offers a unique perspective on the act of remembering, making it a compelling read for anyone interested in personal narratives, the creative process, and the enduring power of the past.

The Broken Script by Swapna Liddle (Non-Fiction)

“The Broken Script” delves into a crucial, under-explored period in Indian history. It examines Delhi’s transformation between 1803-1857, caught between the fading Mughal Empire and the rising British East India Company. This “hybrid half-century,” as the book terms it, witnessed a power struggle with lasting ramifications, making it a fascinating exploration of colonialism’s early foothold and the decline of an era. 

From Phansi Yard by Sudha Bharadwaj (Non-Fiction)

“From Phansi Yard” is a memoir by human rights activist Sudha Bharadwaj, chronicling her experiences in solitary confinement at Yerawada Central Jail in India. It offers a nuanced look at prison life, from daily struggles to the resilience of the women she encounters. Beyond its personal narrative, the book sheds light on broader issues like unequal access to justice and the human cost of incarceration, making it a thought-provoking read for anyone interested in social justice and the complexities of the prison system.

Children’s books by women nominated for AutHer Awards 2024

History Hunters: Chandragupta Vikramaditya and the Shaka Conspiracy by Archana Garodia Gupta and Shruti Garodia

Join the History Hunters on a thrilling adventure to the Gupta Empire! In “Chandragupta Vikramaditya and the Shaka Conspiracy,” four friends travel back in time to help the legendary emperor foil a secret plot. This exciting story exposes children to ancient India’s rich culture and history, while encouraging critical thinking and teamwork as they solve mysteries alongside the young heroes.

Zen by Shabnam Minwalla

 “Zen” by Shabnam Minwalla is a captivating novel that weaves together the stories of two women named Zainab, living in Mumbai across different eras: 1935 and 2019. Through their experiences, the book explores themes of societal change, family struggles, and the fight for independence in India. The dual narrative and rich historical backdrop make it a fascinating read, offering a unique perspective on the evolution of a nation and the challenges faced by women throughout history.

Taatung Taatung and Other Amazing Stories of India’s Diverse Languages by Vaishali Shroff

“Tatung Tatung and Other Amazing Stories of India’s Diverse Languages” is a journey into the heart of India’s rich linguistic heritage. Through engaging stories, it explores the fascinating history, quirks, and importance of the many languages spoken across the subcontinent. This book is perfect for anyone curious about India’s culture and the vital role languages play in shaping a nation’s identity. It’s especially relevant today, as language diversity faces challenges in a globalised world.

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