The Colour of Love by Preethi Nair

The Colour of Love

Preethi Nair

Nina's attempts to realise her dream of becoming an artist lead her to all sorts of deviousness and deceptions to hide the fact from her family and her arranged marriage fiance. (Difficult when she wins the Turner Prize and appears on TV!) Her solutions to some of her problems are rather extreme and only entangle her further in a web of deception. Good descriptions of a traditional Ugandan/Asian family living in modern suburban London add up to a cheerful and undemanding read.


2nd December 1999
I know that hurtling a saffron-stained coconut over London Bridge at six- thirty in the morning should have set some alarm bells off. The tramp peered up at me from his cardboard box as if to say that I would be joining him very soon. But the Guru had said it would remove the stagnation in my life, me being represented by a hairy coconut and the water representing flow. The Thames did not glisten at me. Well, it couldn't really as it was pitch black and probably frozen, but I believed it was glistening, shimmering even, and leading me to better things.

  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Brick Lane by Monica Ali

Books with similar mood

Point of Sale

Peter Sansom

The Hero's Walk

Anita Badami

His 'n' Hers

Mike Gayle

This is Your Life

John O'Farrell

Miss Chopsticks

Xinran -

Mr Golightly's Holiday

Salley Vickers


Anna Quindlen

In the Pond

Ha Jin

Diary of a Provincial Lesbian

V G Lee

Digging to America

Anne Tyler

Today Will Be Different

Maria Semple

Life According to Lubka

Laurie Graham

The Pleasure of My Company

Steve Martin

The Outing

Audrey Corr

Silence and Shadows

James Long

The Low Voices

Manuel Rivas

A Man Called Ove

Fredrik Backman

Marriage Material

Sathnam Sanghera

With My Lazy Eye

Julia Kelly

A Boy of Good Breeding

Miriam Toews

The Art Thief

Noah Charney

The Mobile Library: the Case of the Missing Books

Ian Sansom


Sujata Bhatt

A Boy Made of Blocks

Keith Stuart

Peace and Conflict

Irene Sabatini

The Marrying of Chani Kaufman

Eve Harris

Happiness is Possible

Oleg Zaionchkovsky

The Light of Amsterdam

David Park

The Swansong of Wilbur McCrum

Bronia Kita

The Ivy Chronicles

Karen Quinn

White Powder, Green Light

James Hawes

The Magpie Bridge

Liu Hong

The Beekeeper's Pupil

Sara George

Standing in the Rainbow

Fannie Flagg

Do the Right Thing

Shyama Perera

Balthazar Jones and the Tower of London Zoo

Julia Stuart

The Selected Works of T S Spivet

Reif Larsen

The News Where You Are

Catherine O'Flynn

Breaking Away

Anna Gavalda

Short Girls

Bich Minh Nguyen

Girl in a Blue Dress

Gaynor Arnold

Fair Play

Tove Jansson

The Island

Victoria Hislop

11 Emerald Street

Hugh O'Donnell


Tim O'Brien

Family Trust

Amanda Brown

City of Light

Lauren Belfer

Something for the Weekend

Pauline Mclynn