I am delighted to be a part of this fantastic blog tour for Ravinder Randhawa. I was so happy to be contacted by Faye Rogers for this opportunity to promote such diverse books! Ravinder’s books featured on this tour include: Dynamite and Beauty and the Beast (No, not the Disney version!)Psssttttt…don’t forget to stay till the end for information about a giveaway! Eeeek!
Here is a little more info about Ravinder’s diverse little gems:
Beauty and the Beast
Problems? Confusions? Contradictions? I got them all and if you’ve got them, then FLAUNT them is my motto.
Meet Harjinder (aka Hari-jan): ‘A’ level student, supermarket worker and desperate journalist. Feisty and impulsive, Hari-jan can’t refuse a dare and to make matters worse has fallen in love with the wrong boy. Her best friend Ghazala has taken to wearing the hijab and mentoring racists.
Can Hari-jan battle through the hurdles and win her man? Can Ghazala work out how to do Good in her own way?
A sparkling, coming-of-age novel about life, love and friendship.
Collection of short stories: Fun, feisty, tender and wry.
Full of imagination and originality, stories of innocence and experience, British-Asianess and life’s haunting complexity.
From kick-ass heroines to mysterious spacecraft; the heartache of first love to the inheritance of history; the echo of distant war zones to treacherous boyfriends; riots and violent murder.
Here is a brilliantly unique guest post from Ravinder, in which she tells us about the Magna Carta and the influence it has on our lives. Stay tuned after Ravinder’s post for information about what’s to come on the rest of this blog tour!
Rights, Wrongs and Rebellions
This year is the 800thanniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta 1215 – 2015. Why should we care, why should we be bothered and most of all, what the heck does it have to do with books? Any kind of books, adult, YA, crime, romance, fantasy, or that hot potato of the moment, diversity in literature?
After all, the Magna Carta was a negotiated document between rebellious barons and a powerful king in medieval England, sealed on 15th June 1215 at Runnymede. Many of its clauses dealt with particular issues arising from King John’s use, or misuse, as the barons put it, of the King’s power. However, like the mysterious artefacts in novels, such as magic crystals, goblets, stones of power etc, which heroes and heroines valiantly go in search of, enduring great perils and danger, and which will either confer great wisdom or bring about a better world, buried within the words of the Magna Carta are also such precious powers.
Powers that have come down to us through the centuries and have become an international focus against the abuse of power. The powers are transmitted in words and those words have informed other great documents such as The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Documents that are like beacons in a violent, unjust and dangerous world. The powers hidden in the Magna Carta, refined by The Universal Declaration of Human Rights aren’t dependant on bolts of lightning, dynastic inheritance or mysterious knowledge. They are simple laws which define rights, recognise human dignity, and acknowledge the equality of all.
In my view, they are the simple pillars upon which all literature is based; whether dystopian, fantasy, historical or romantic. Whether it’s The Hunger Games, Harry Potter or Game of Thrones. All are defined by rights, wrongs and rebellions.
So what are these wonderful powers buried within the Magna Carta which centuries of people have benefited from, and which have made it a symbol against tyrannical power? The rights that have given us democracy and the civil freedoms we now possess; the rights which allow authors to freely express their imaginations, ideas and creativity?
They are as follows: equality before the law; no taxes without the ‘general consent of the realm’; fines to be linked to the severity of the offence so as not to threaten an individual’s livelihood; lastly – ladies this is particularly for you – that a widow cannot be forced to marry against her wishes.
All these rights inform the plots, twists and turns, tragedies and victories of protagonists in a thousand books. And which safeguard our everyday lives.
That is why the Magna Carta is so fabulously important and is rightly regarded as the foundation of democracy in England. As Sir Edward Coke said in 1628 ‘Magna Carta is such a fellow, that he will have no sovereign.’ No-one is above the law. No matter how powerful or despotic, no matter if they have whole armies at their disposal or the riches of the world.
Just as some books are so wonderful we return to them time and time again, so some documents carry an aura of greatness which really is like a light that shines in our unpredictable, often cruel and divided world. Informed by the Magna Carta, to me The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is one such magnificent, magical document. So I’m going to quote directly from the Preamble:
“Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people.Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law.”
This document sets out in the most elegant simplicity what every person, upon the planet, is entitled to: dignity, equality, justice and peace.
And the four freedoms required to ensure those rights: freedom of speech, freedom of belief, freedom from fear, freedom from want.
Writers need these freedoms as much as everyone. Just ask Raif Badawi – sentenced to ten years in prison and a thousand lashes for setting up a liberal website. Rights, wrongs and rebellions, aren’t just the stuff of exciting turbulent stories, but the stuff of everyday life. The point where literature meets life.
DO NOT MISS:
British Library exhibition: Magna Carta – Law. Liberty. Legacy. is on till 1st September 2015.
I want to give a massive thank you to Ravinder for her inspiring guest post and another massive thank you to Faye Rogers, the lovely blog tour host.
To your right is more information about where to follow this tour for more great reviews, guest posts and interviews.
Finally, to finish off this post, you could be in with the chance of winning:
Not one, not two…
But THREE paperback copies of the amazing ‘Dynamite’ by the fantastic Ravinder Randhawa.
Whether you want to be greedy and keep them all to yourself, share the diversity among your friends and family or simply spread the word via bookish friends, it is totally up to you! Just enter right here, in the Rafflecopter below:
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If you aren’t a lucky winner, don’t forget about the Amazon links below to buy these fantastic, diverse reads.
Beauty and the Beast
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beauty-Beast-enemies-romance-fireworks-ebook/dp/B00MO9UGPE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431979657&sr=8-1&keywords=beauty+and+the+beast+randhawa
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dynamite-adventure-life-Ravinder-Randhawa/dp/1502555522/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
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