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Jasbinder Bilan

Jasbinder is an author and writer.

About Jasbinder

According to family stories, Jasbinder was born in a stable close to the foothills of the Himalayas. Until she was a year and a half, she lived on a farm inhabited by a grumpy camel and a monkey called Oma.

Jasbinder graduated from Bath Spa WYP where the seeds of her story were nurtured but it was the incredible bond with her grandmother, which was the inspiration for Asha And The Spirit Bird.

Jasbinder grew up in Nottingham. She now lives in the SW with her husband, two teenage boys and dog Enzo in a man pad and splits her time between teaching and writing.

ASHA AND THE SPIRIT BIRD: Asha lives on the family farm with her mother in rural India. Her father is away working in the city, and when the money he sends stops suddenly, a wicked debt collector arrives. She’s determined to seize the property – and the treasure rumoured to be hidden on the land. Guided by a majestic bird which Asha believes to be the spirit of her grandmother, she and her best friend Jeevan embark on a journey to the city, across the Himalayas, to find her father and save her home … A gorgeously original magical-realist Indian adventure and the winner of the 2017 Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition.


Praise For Asha And The Spirit Bird:

Observer Review Sunday 13.01.19 ‘Bilan’s story is an eye-opening adventure with one-sandalled foot in atmospheric realism and a toe-hold in the mythical.’

Guardian – Books Of The Month – 25.01.19 – ‘An evocative debut…weaves ancient Hindu beliefs into a fast-paced quest…satisfyingly classic in feel, Bilan’s story also highlights contemporary issues, such as child labour and the perils of factory fires.’

World Book Day Newsletter – Feb 2019 – ‘Lyrical and vivid, Jasbinder’s haunting debut explores themes of faith friendship and greed, while capturing the wild, rich heart of contemporary India.’

Book trust Book Of The Day – 09.02.19 – ‘Asha sets off on a dangerous journey to find her father in our gripping but warm Book Of The Day.’ ‘Explores some dark and terrible truths…but with a constantly reassuring tone.’

Times Review 02/03/19 Children’s Book Of The Week Alex O’Connell. ‘Fantastic debut…uplifting adventure…fire and fury…Bilan creates a vivid world.’

June 2019 – Featured in Best Children’s Books of 2019 in Guardian

Ealing SLS – Shortlisted for Junior Book Award 2019

Best of Book Depository 2019

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