Witness the Night, 2009 Longlist
Kishwar Desai has worked in print and broadcast media for over two decades. She has been an anchor and producer, with most major Indian networks, her last TV job was Vice President, Zee Telefilms. Her first book was Darlingji: The True Love Story of Nargis and Sunil Dutt (2007). It was the biography of the two very iconic Indian film stars and parliamentarians. Witness the Night was her first novel, and is now also the first of a book series. She is working on her second novel and another book on Indian cinema. She lives between London, Delhi and Goa.
Witness the Night has been published in the UK, India and Finland, to very favourable reviews. It has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award (2010) in the UK. A young girl, Durga, is found raped and traumatized and is accused of murdering her entire family in Jullundur, Punjab. An unconventional social worker, Simran Singh begins to investigate the case. She stumbles upon a dangerous world of deceit and lies , where the lives of women are blighted by prejudice from birth. What she discovers changes not only her life, but that of Durga, forever.