Chitra Ramaswamy

Chitra Ramaswamy is an award-winning journalist. After cutting her teeth at The Big Issue in Scotland, she moved to Scotland on Sunday and The Scotsman where she became one of the newspapers’ leading columnists, book reviewers, interviewers, magazine and feature writers. Her first book, Expecting, won the Saltire First Book of the Year Award 2016. She currently writes for a range of publications including the Guardian. She and her partner and their young son live in Edinburgh.

Chitra’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/Chitgrrl

Chitra Ramaswamy is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Jenny. For all enquiries contact jenny@jennybrownassociates.com

Books by Chitra

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Homelands: The History of a Friendship

Canongate, April 2022

An ambitious and deeply moving book about the author’s friendship with Jewish refugee Henry Wuga.

Two unlikely friends: one brown, one white; one female, one male; one born in 1970s Britain to Indian immigrant parents, the other arrived from Nazi Germany on a Kindertransport in 1939, fleeing persecution. This book is about common ground. It is a story of migration, antisemitism, racism, family, belonging, grief and resilience. This book is about homelands.

Chitra Ramaswamy - Expecting

Expecting

Saraband, April 2016

When Chitra Ramaswamy discovered she was pregnant, she longed for a book that went above and beyond a manual; a book that did more than describe what was happening in her growing body. One that, instead, got to the very heart of this overwhelming, confusing and exciting experience.

Expecting takes the reader on a physical, emotional, philosophical and artistic odyssey through pregnancy. A memoir exploring each of the nine months of Chitra’s pregnancy, Expecting is refreshingly different and contains elements of narrative non-fiction, travel and nature writing, biology, and literary analysis. The sum is a book of intimate, strange, wild, and lyrical essays that pay tribute to this most extraordinary and ordinary of experiences.

Praise for Expecting

Immediately, poignantly, gripping…magnificent
Zoe Williams, Guardian

Elegant, funny, brimming with acute observations and suffused with a gentle intimacy. Expecting combines a poet’s feel for language with a journalistic candour
Gavin Francis

Beautiful and oddly compelling…All of life is here, oceans are crossed, fates decided, it bristles with love and terror and place, and has a spectacular, blood splattered finale. An extraordinary book and a glorious read
Denise Mina

Like spending time with a particularly wise and funny friend…Writing of great insight, humour and emotional intelligence
The Times

An extraordinary book … to write so well, so richly about so ordinary an event. Lovely
Sara Maitland

Ramaswamy takes the obvious fact that we are all born and turns it into something strange and new
Times Literary Supplement

Winner Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year Award 2016