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‘Let Us Look Elsewhere’ published in ‘Best British Stories 2022’
Author of the month in Setu
Hear Twenty-Five Years by Mona, as broadcast on BBC Radio 4
Interview with Joao Roque Literary Journal discussing ‘Let Us Look Elsewhere’
‘Your writing is so exquisite, filled with imagery and poetic-prose. Often, I had to stop reading and dwell on a sentence to take in its beauty.’
Read the full interview at the Joao-Roque Literary Journal.
Go to this page for purchase links and reviews of Let Us Look Elsewhere.
Book launch on 24th June
Book launch – Let Us look Elsewhere
Thursday 24th June | 7:30-8:30 pm
You can register on Eventbrite to attend the Zoom launch of Let Us Look Elsewhere
Doing it all – interview on Working, Writing and Empowering Women
‘Let Us Look Elsewhere’ and Other Stories, published by Dahlia Books, UK
Shortlisted for the 2018 SI Leeds Literary Prize.
You can order Let us Look Elsewhere at Amazon UK, Waterstones, Dahlia Books or in Kindle.
Or you can purchase it directly from this website using the following ‘Add to Cart’ button (£10.00 + P&P to be agreed):
Bundle discounts are also available. Please contact Mona for details.
Read an extract at The Citron Review.
Praise for Let Us Look Elsewhere:
‘It was a pleasure to read Mona’s writing for the first time, when she was shortlisted for the SI Leeds Literary Prize, and to introduce her work to the world. She is a writer of rare bravery, putting forward a manifesto against the tropes and delighting in subverting expectations.’ Roopa Farooki, Author
‘The powerful collection of short stories by Mona Dash, Let us Look Elsewhere literally takes us across the world: to Europe, the US, India, Britain and also into the lives of a wide range of very different characters, some of whom reflect darker elements of human behaviour and experience.’ Susheila Nasta, 2018 SI Leeds Literary Prize chair of judges
‘Mona Dash has produced an unflinching collection of short stories, demonstrating that she is a fearless writer, unafraid to reveal her characters flaws and extremes as they search for a sense of identity and belonging.’ Joe Melia, Bristol Short Story Prize Co-ordinator
‘These atmospheric stories travel across continents and time, offering surprising and intriguing incursions into the disparate moments of solitary lives.’ Amanthi Harris, Author
‘A wonderful, richly rendered and triumphant collection. Highly recommended.’ Irenosen Okojie, Author
‘Mona Dash’s short story collection is a fascinating concoction of characters and stories drawn from different corners of the world. The opening story (which lends the book its title) grabs the reader’s attention immediately. Brimming with confidence, the writer demands the reader trust her with the stories she wants to tell instead of narrating the ones expected of her. The story begins audaciously, and the piece quickly garners admiration as Dash sets out her argument and ultimately wins over the reader.’ By Asha Krishna. Read more at TSS Publishing.
‘Prepare to be annoyed, Mona Dash warns the reader on the first page of her debut collection of stories. Those expecting to find tales of saris and jasmine will be disappointed, she says. Instead, the reader should prepare for stories which have not been told before: the voices traditionally marginalized by those belonging to the powerful and the erudite. Thus Dash sets out her manifesto in the opening chapter of the book. The following stories certainly live up to the promise of diversity. For backdrops, we are taken on a whistle-stop tour of the world. Dash evokes Reykjavík as skilfully as Las Vegas, while the tropical heat of India is showcased several times.’ By Jane Wallace. Read more at Asian Review of Books.
‘The stories are neatly laid out – beautifully crafted gems adorn this crown of a collection. But the most impressive aspect of the collection is a combination of confidence and conviction – confidence in her craft and the conviction with which she tells her stories. A fascinating, bold debut that enthralls the reader right from the outset.’ Read more at onerightword.
‘Let Us Look Elsewhere by Mona Dash is a collection of short stories that will make you look elsewhere with eager eyes. Every time I opened this collection I looked forward to reading a new story. I never knew where the author would take me next, to different times and places all across the world where I could learn about so many different lives and settings. Imaginative, risk-taking and always surprising, this collection of short stories is a joy to read.’ By Tracy Fells. Read more at The Literary Pig.
Mona is a finalist in the Eastern Eye Arts Culture & Theatre Awards (ACTA) for her memoir A Roll of the Dice.
Winner of an Eyelands Book Award 2020
Mona is the winner of the Eyelands Book Award 2020 in the Memoir / Historical fiction category for A Roll of the Dice.
What the judges said :
‘This is a story of loss, love and genetics, as Mona Dash, the author, indicates with her subtitle and indeed each one of these themes plays a key part in this very sensitive memoir about the adventure of a mother whose newborn baby’s life is in danger. But this is just the beginning of an astonishing narrative of a contemporary life drama. Perfectly written in an unadorned, powerfully subtle style, demonstrating a deep knowledge of human – and especially female – nature, without superfluous outbursts and therefore even more stunning. A Roll of the Dice is at the same time touching and riveting from cover to cover.’
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What a privilege to be judging this year's @LeicesterWrites Prize alongside the wonderful @Dash2Mona. So looking forward to reading the longlist in due course, get your entries in now for a crack at the title 🏆🏆🏆 https://t.co/ZELAbfDAN2
We're delighted to welcome @Dash2Mona and @joebedford_uk to this year's judging panel.
Mona's #shortstories have appeared in print, BBC Radio 4 and in Best British Short Stories.
Joe - our 2022 winner - is widely published and has a novel out in June. https://t.co/CnDL0M6R1V https://t.co/p55zMarHbX
@goodreads @kahani_the ...nearly finished Tongues and Bellies. Thar said, I plan to immidiately re-read it. The contributing authors are just so damn good. Each vignette thematically echoes those it sits amongst, yet each story is a small, nuanced world in its own right. Bravo! 😍😍😍