Do we see the signs around us, asks Durban-based writer Shubnum Khan in her new book, The Lost Love of Akbar Manzil, and are we brave enough to follow the path they indicate?

It’s one of many themes in an accomplished novel that blends four genres — coming-of-age, historical fiction, romance and thriller. With a dollop of fantasy and some Gothic horror, and a prose style that evokes the languid introspection of Kazuo Ishiguro and Haruki Murakami, the overall result is an enthralling and rewarding read...

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