Book review: The House of Hidden Mothers

Book review: The House of Hidden Mothers
Meera Syal’s third novel is somewhat implausible

Non-fiction: The House of Hidden Mothers. By Meera Syal. Doubleday, €25.50. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

Surrogacy in all its thorniness is at the centre of Meera Syal’s third novel. The actor and comedian – whose experience of being South Asian in Britain has informed her previous fiction – takes a diffuse, character-driven approach to her subject, upending stereotypes as she allows the novel’s power dynamics to shift.

Initially, the two women at the centre of the story are worlds apart. Forty-eight-year-old Shyama, the child of Indian emigrants, owns a beauty...

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