Across The Line​

Across The Line

Rooted in the Partition of the Indian subcontinent, this award-winning Young Adult novel intercuts between 1947 and the more recent past; between Rawalpindi, New Delhi and London; between a set of youngsters who witnessed the events of 1947 and a set of youngsters in the present – all of whose lives were shaped by the drawing of a line.

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A tale of borders and beliefs shaped by the games people play

New Delhi. Cyril Radcliffe’s hands are clammy, partly from the heat but mostly from the enormity of the task assigned. Mopping the sweat off his brow, he picks up his pen, draws a deep breath–and a dark line.
Rawalpindi. A barbaric frenzy of rioters fills the streets, disrupting a game of pithoo between Toshi and her brother, Tarlok, shattering their lives unimaginably.

Rawalpindi. Cricket-crazy Inaya is sneaking out behind her father’s back for net practice when she discovers that she is not the only one in her family keeping a secret.
New Delhi. Jai accidentally stumbles upon an old, hidden away diary in his kitchen. The date of its last entry: 17 August 1947.

As Jai and Inaya’s unlikely worlds collide, another story unfolds. A story that started with the drawing of a line. A story that shifts the truth in their lives.

Across the Line is also available on Audible as an audiobook narrated by acclaimed Pakistani actor Nadia Jamil.