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Summer of Blue by Saumya Balsari

Award-winning author dubbed one of Britain’s leadingSouth Asian Women, releases novel for young adult readers.

Milly’s brother is missing and presumed dead inAfghanistan, but she refuses to give up faith, believing he is still alive.When she turns seventeen in the summer, she begins to write a journal and makesthree wishes in the hope that they will come true by her eighteenth birthday:get her brother Neel safely home, get into Cambridge University and get aboyfriend. But life is anything but predictable. Of Indian origin, Milly liveswith her family in Cambridge. She is at Sixth Form. Pressure mounts as her Cambridgeapplication looms large and the summer triggers misfortunes and tensions.Milly’s father loses his job, her mother falls ill and her younger brother isbullied at school. Milly desperately needs a strong shoulder but is reluctantto let Paris, a bumbling fellow Sixth Former, into her world. He isn’tboyfriend material and it doesn’t look promising with Dominic, Shaw or Jason,either. How are her three wishes going to come true? Milly then begins tosuffer recurring nightmares about a captive British soldier in Afghanistan andrecords her disturbing dreams in her journal. Could they have anything to dowith her brother Neel? Despite the setbacks over the year, there’s one thingthat stays just the same until the next summer – her hope.

Summer ofBlue is the second novel from author Saumya Balsari. It is set among the spires of Cambridge, sunny Mumbai and the shadows of war-tornAfghanistan and is an off-beat narrative of love, loss and longing – a story ofteenage angst and the pressures of modern life.

‘Summer isn’t a season, it’s a feeling.’

An early version of the book received a commendationfrom the Yeovil Literary Prize, 2009.

About the Author: Saumya Balsari is an award-winningBritish Indian author based in Cambridge and Mumbai. Her debut novel TheCambridge Curry Club won the first ever Cambridgeshire Book of the Decade Awardand was long-listed for a Vodaphone Book Award. Balsari was born in Mumbai. Shehas worked as a translator in India, a teacher in Denmark, a humour columnistfor The Hindustan Times UK edition and a free-lance journalist. Balsari’swriting has been compared by Alexander McCall-Smith to Booker Prize winnersArundhati Roy and Kiran Desai. She was named one of Britain’s leading SouthAsian women by

Summer of Blue by Saumya Balsariis available from all major e-retailers including Amazon, priced at £2.99. Thepaperback version is available at Heffers and Waterstones in Cambridge and toorder online at Blackwell’s. RRP £7.99. The book trailer may be viewed on YouTubeat: Further informationis available at: and on the Facebook Page:summer-of-blue.

For an electronic copy or a paperback, please contact the author andpublisher Saumya Balsari:


Summer of Blue by Saumya Balsari


Saumya Balsari was born in India, has travelled widely and lives in Cambridge and Mumbai. She was named one of Britain's leading South Asian women by She has worked in London as a freelance journalist and columnist. Her debut novel The Cambridge Curry Club won the first ever Cambridgeshire Book of the Decade Award. Summer of Blue is her first novel for young adult readers. An early version of the book received a commendation from the Yeovil Literary Prize, 2009/Betty Bolingbroke-Kent Award. She is currently researching her third novel as Writer-in-Residence at the Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge.

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