Author(s): Ernest Van der Kwast
'It wasn't uncommon in my childhood for roti to be off the menu, because the rolling pin was broken again.' Ernest van der Kwast's childhood is peopled by an array of colourful characters- from his strait-laced Dutch father, to Bollywood star Uncle Sharma, and talented heptathlete Aunt Jasleen. But it is his overbearing yet loving Indian mother who is at the beating heart of this big-hearted, hilarious family saga. Veena van der Kwast is a woman with an iron will, hilarious directness, and a talent for haggling. Armed with her trusty rolling pin, every man she meets is eventually beaten to submission - especially her husband and three sons. Intriguing, surprising, and moving in equal measure, this novel inspired by a very unusual family will make you smile from beginning to end.
Ernest van der Kwast is a Dutch author who lives between the Netherlands and Italy. He made his name with the novel Mama Tandoori, which became a bestseller in the Netherlands and Italy and sold more than 100,000 copies. In 2012 he published the novella Giovanni's Navel, which entered the Der Spiegel bestseller list immediately after publication in Germany. In 2016, he won the Dioraphte Literature Prize for The Ice-Cream Makers, which was his first novel published in English.