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Update from Sri Lanka’s Galle literary festival

By A S H Smyth  

Ian Rankin: spotted at Galle

Trying to get to Kaveri Lalchand’s “Pulp Fiction” talk when Wendy Cope calls. She wants to meet me at her hotel tomorrow morning. Be still, my beating heart.

Lalchand is a garment manufacturer who went into business with an editor of maths textbooks, in order to publish Indian pulp fiction for the English-language market. She chats from the stage like a stand-up comic, showing video clips, reading “naughty” stories, and dishing…

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