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Paperback Raita

William Rhode

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ISBN 10: 0743440293 / ISBN 13: 9780743440295
Published by Pocket Books, London, United Kingdom, 2003
Used Condition: Very Good ( Crease on cover) Soft cover
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Withdrawn by the publishers for the following reason: News item January 2004 "Director gets compensation over novel" "Award-winning film director Kaizad Gustad has accepted undisclosed compensation over a novel about a drug-smuggling film-maker called Faizad Gerstad who is implicated in murder. Mr Gustad, who made a widely acclaimed feature film called Bombay Boys, brought High Court libel proceedings against William Rhode, the author of Paperback Raita, and publishers Simon & Schuster (UK) Ltd. His solicitor-advocate, Korieh Duodu, told Mr Justice Eady in London that the two men were good friends but lost touch when Mr Rhode left India in 1996. He said that Mr Gustad was deeply hurt by the book as the characteristics which its anti-hero, Faizad Gerstad, shared with him led his family, friends and acquaintances to associate them. Mr Duodu said that in the book, Gerstad smuggled drugs in order to fund his film projects and attempted to make a film called Bombay Boys with Channel 4 Films but the project collapsed. Gerstad was also implicated in the murder of his business partner Ajay, but was subsequently cleared of the crime. Mr Duodu said that Mr Gustad had never smuggled drugs or been implicated in murder. His film, Bombay Boys, was not made with Channel 4. Solicitor David Hooper said that the book was written by the author as a work of fiction and contained a notice to that effect on the copyright page. The publishers had no knowledge of the coincidence of the contentious names and circumstances when it was published - as a trade paperback in 2002 and a mass market paperback in 2003. When complaint was made, the book was promptly withdrawn. It went without saying that they accepted that there was no basis in fact for any resemblance between Mr Gustad's character and actions in life and the objectionable traits of the fictitious Gerstad. The publishers and the author apologised for any embarrassment or distress caused" So an uncommon book! Size: Mass Market Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 004540

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Title: Paperback Raita

Publisher: Pocket Books, London, United Kingdom

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Mass Market Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good ( Crease on cover)

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Not Inscribed or Signed

Edition: First Edition in Paperback.

Book Type: Mass Market Paperback

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Paperback Raita, William Rhode's cracking debut novel, really does have it all: "drugs, diamonds, exotic locations, sexy girl, the plan that goes horribly wrong". It also, unfortunately, has an implausible, contrived, if nonetheless still enjoyable, opening premise. Its central character and narrator Joshua King must write a bestselling novel featuring his late father to claim his five million-pound inheritance. Joshua has never previously shown any aptitude for fiction; he's your typical English traveller in India. He's bummed about, taken drugs and once or twice scribbled an article for the Hindu Week newspaper. Of course, all that is about to change. A police drugs raid on his Delhi doss-house brings Josh into contact with the oh-so-gorgeous Yasmin. Her boyfriend James has been dragged off and slung in prison. Could the raid be the work of the mysterious Baba, a Bollywood film mogul turned drug trafficker and diamond smuggler, whom Josh believes could supply him with both a scoop for the paper and the material for his bestseller? Yasmin, Josh and his old friend Sanjay, quickly form a cunning plan to rip off Baba, free James and, with any luck, finish up with a healthy stack of cash. Easy, obviously. Murders, home cooked pakoras, heroin deals, stolen motorbikes, double-crossing dames and all manner of subcontinental plots and counter plots ensue until the whole thing judders to a fittingly post-modern conclusion. \n\n\nTHE TIMES\n'A rollicking Anglo-Indian thriller with a twist ... Rhode has a wickedly ironic sense of humour: think Kipling's PLAIN TALES told by a 21st Century PG Wodehouse'

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