Ever since she could read, Vidya Patel realised that she preferred books to humans. Her family disapproves, but Vidya meanders through life with her nose in a book. When she is ten, she visits the Macmillan, a struggling heritage library in Mumbai. It is in the Macmillan that Vidya truly, finally, feels whole. Vidya befriends Shekhar Raghavan, the brilliant, eccentric librarian, who becomes her mentor. As soon as she is old enough, she joins the library as a junior librarian, and throws herself into keeping the Macmillan going, with consequences she could never have foreseen. She also learns the destructive power of obsession, and what it does to people. Will Vidya be able to save the Macmillan? And at what cost? “The Librarian” is a dark, powerful novel that will appeal to everybody who has ever loved a book, or found happiness in a library. Kavitha Rao is a journalist and author based in Bangalore, India. Her first book, "Everything You Wanted to Know About Freelance Journalism ( but didn't know whom to ask)" was published by Westland in 2014. She lives to read and reads to live. Her website is at www.kavitharao.net.