Having loved the book, I thought it would be nice to have a wee chat with the writer, Anne Hamilton and post the results here for my discerning readers ...
Me - You have 3 words. Pitch me A Blonde Bengali Wife.
Anne - Jolly Good Story, or Bangladesh for Beginners, or Ways With Rice...
Me – Now (how generous am I?) you have 21 words to play with.
Anne – Ok. A Blonde Bengali Wife lives a hundred lives beyond the poverty, monsoons and diarrhoea of Bangladesh and charts a sunny, funny and unexpected travel memoir.
Me – That’s 25, sheeeesh. How did you get from a working holiday in a new (and unusual) destination to a book?
Anne - It was never meant to be a book, just a personal diary, scribbled by torchlight, to while away long evenings and to help process this mental whirlwind of a trip. Everything about Bangladesh was new, foreign, exciting, overwhelming; so how terrific would it be, I thought, to have a record to look back on in 5 or 50 years time. Once back home, I was at risk of becoming a total Bangla-bore and soon my all friends knew all the anecdotes.
Sitting on a train one rainy Monday, I realised what better way to accost perfect strangers with it, than to write a book... Like a woman in love, I wanted everyone to know everything about this little-known, little-understood, often underestimated, fabulous country.