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Bem Le Hunte Bem Le Hunte i(A41511 works by)
Born: Established: 1964 Calcutta,
South Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
Gender: Female
Heritage: Indian British
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Bem Le Hunte was born in Calcutta in 1964 to an Indian mother and British father. Her early schooling was undertaken in London, after which she studied Anthropology at Cambridge. Since her graduation she has worked as a writer, university lecturer and advertising copywriter. She also worked in the music industry and for Indian Television before writing fiction.

After emigrating to Australia in the 1990s, Le Hunte left Sydney for the foothills of the Himalayas to write her first novel. A large selection of her encounters and stories from her own family are scattered through the novel. She was awarded an Asialink Centre (University of Melbourne) Fellowship in 2001 for a residency in India.

Further information about Le Hunte's writing may be found on the HarperCollins website.

Most Referenced Works


  • Author writes in these languages: ENGLISH

Personal Awards

2001 Asialink Literature Residency Program For writer's residency in India.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Seduction of Silence Pymble : Flamingo , 2000 Z668703 2000 single work novel

'Aakash, venerated sage and healer, is the founder of Prakriti – an abundant farm in the Himalayas. From this soulful mountain home, his children embark on the journeys that will sway the destinies of future generations: gentle son Ram, whose fierce search for enlightenment will force him to choose between his family and his soul; daughter Tulsi Devi, whose convent schooling provides an unexpected, brutal education forever altering her life; Tulsi Devi's beloved first child, Jivan – born in the waters of the Ganges, cruelly separated from his mother; and Aakash's granddaughter Rohini, who travels across the world on a painted bus to a new land and a new kind of freedom, immersing herself in the London of the 1960s.

'With Rohini's daughter, Saakshi, the search for enlightenment comes full circle, and the great-granddaughter returns to her spiritual home – the holy mountains of Prakriti, where their family story first began. Both magical and utterly compelling, this spellbinding novel interweaves family sagas with the richness of Indian mysticism, creating an intimate portrait of an unforgettable family.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2001 shortlisted International Awards Commonwealth Writers Prize Best First Book South East Asia and South Pacific
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