The Twyford Code: By Janice Hallett, Viper Books, 384 pages, Rs. 799.
In her first bestseller, The Appeal, Janice Hallett slowly unravels the plot, through a series of emails and text messages. In The Twyford Codeshe employs a similar technique – except this time it’s transcriptions of over 200 voice recordings from an iPhone – to peel back the layers of a plot about a missing teacher (the popular 20th-century children’s writer “Edith Twyford”, an obvious position – for Enid Blyton) who may or may not have hidden a secret code in her Super 6 series of books, and some of his students who set out to unravel the mystery after 40 years. It takes a little time to settle in, but once you do, the book, written with sensitivity and humor, is unmistakable. — Shrabonti Bagchi
Glorious Reinvention—The Rebirth of Ajax Amsterdam: By Karan Tejwani, Pitch Publishing, 272 pages, £16.99 (approx. Rs. 1,700, imported hardcover), Rs. 449 (Kindle)
AFC Ajax is one of the most successful football clubs in the world. In Glorious reinvention: the rebirth of Ajax Amsterdam, football writer Karan Tejwani takes the reader through the club’s history – from the 1900s to the late 1990s, and beyond – and its journey to becoming the most successful team in the Netherlands. The book highlights the role of key individuals, such as Johan Cruyff, whose football philosophy solidified the foundations of the club, and Louis van Gaal, who led the club to Champions League success in 1995. Over the past few decades, he has had to find his footing in the changing and commercial world of football. And he did it without losing his true identity. Tejwani examines how the reinvention of the club came about. Worldwide release April 18. —Nitin Sreedhar
Homeward—Towards A Poetics Of Space: Edited by Soibam Haripriya, Zubaan, 256 pages, Rs. 1,200
What is home? Is it a space where people related by blood or by law reside together? Is it a place of kinship, not limited to such ties? How many of us are lucky enough to discover such a space? For some of us, home is a concept that resides only in the sticky bittersweet of nostalgia. Apart from the somewhat academic tone of the introduction by editor Soibam Haripriya, Homeward: towards a poetics of space is an eclectic collection of essays, poems and illustrations, with a focus on the Northeast. Contributors – including household names like Janice Pariat, with three poems, and graphic designer Gayatri Thangjam, with an illustration of childhood memories – dive into their idea of home and homeland, and how it’s both shaped by politics and geography. —Vangmayi Parakala