lights in dark places


Cull is the latest novel by Tanvir Bush

Alex has a problem. Categorized as one of the disabled, dole-scrounging underclass, she is finding it hard to make ends meet.

Now, in her part time placement at the local newspaper, she’s stumbled onto a troubling link between the disappearance of several homeless people, the new government Care and Protect Bill and the sinister extension of the Grassybanks residential home for the disabled, elderly and vulnerable.

Can she afford the potential risk to herself and her wonderful guide dog Chris of further investigation?

Laugh and weep! With wit, flair and imagination, Tanvir Bush unfolds the secret life of a nation on benefits. Our nation....

Fay Weldon, UK

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Where is the satirist we need now, with the welfare state in chaos and politics a TV reality show? She is the fabulous, funny, sharp, outrageous Tanvir Bush, and Britain must read her. With a dauntless but sympathetic heroine, one of the best dog characters in literature and a disabled escort service called the Ladies' Defective Agency, this witty and all too believable novel is a 2017 inheritor of the satirical genius of Lindsay Anderson's Britannia Hospital and Anthony Burgess's Clockwork Orange.

Maggie Gee, Ramsgate, UK

Dressed in a black jumper and black trousers, a grinning Tanvir Bush is seen mid-air, head thrown back, arms flung out, right arm stretched above her head, left arm stretched out to the side, with her knees bent and feet kicked up behind her. In the background is the brown-tiled roof of a house with the tops of two green trees. The head of a laughing woman enjoying the spectacle is visible in front of the house.

I read Cull during my vacation in France and I completely and thoroughly enjoyed it. I am from the US, so I learned so much about the UK’s healthcare system. I also learned from the perspective of a person with a disability (& her amazing dog:) ) how difficult it is to live in a world where disabled people are often not a priority and cast aside. I was completely engrossed in the story line. I could see this book becoming an extremely interesting movie. The last couple scenes in the hospital with the clowns was just genius. I couldn’t put the book down, truly. I am so glad I was exposed to Cull, and I will definitely recommend it to many friends and family.

Leah Rome, Philadelphia, USA

Tanvir Bush published Cull via Unbound, an award-winning crowd-funding publisher. Cull is now available in shops like Waterstones, and on Amazon.

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A must-read to restoke the fire of protest Graeae: Jenny Sealey Format: Review copy “This is 2019 version of 1984 and we know Orwell's words became our reality. Tanvir's Cull is also on the cusp of becoming true. Believe in Better is a new movement in Cull but not better as we know it. Quite the opposite. Tanvir paints a devastating picture of what will happen as the far right make life impossible for disabled people. A must-read to restoke the fire of protest as this satire is in real danger of being a reality.”
CULL “A gripping story in a disturbing world that, at times, looks worryingly familiar.”Andy Hamilton
It sent shudders down my spine DaDa Fest: Ruth Gould Format: Review copy “Bush is a master storyteller – a captivating and engaging read that introduces you to very believable characters –some not in human form – that tells of a potential future disability dystopia, starkly. As a disabled person it sent shudders down my spine as the resonances are all too familiar, as it doesn’t just hold up a mirror to society in the UK today, but a colossal magnifying glass. My prayer is that it will make more people, especially those in power, sit up and take note.”

Witch Girl

Witch Girl, Tanvir Bush's first novel, is set in modern Lusaka, Zambia, where the line between magic and religion is blurred, the arcane and the mundane muddle and nothing is what it seems. Luse is a sharp street child combing the gang-ridden city in a desperate search for Doctor Georgia Shapiro who she hopes can offer her a way back into her once-bright past. The doctor is trying to unravel the mystery of a friend's sudden death while attending to the AIDS crisis laying waste to the country around her. Meanwhile The Blood Of Christ Church and its enigmatic leader Priestess Selena Clark gain popularity with their murky promises of salvation and violent clandestine rituals. A small silver box links them in ways they cannot foretell. It will force Luse and Georgia to question who they trust, who they are and for whom they fight. Tanvi Bush's Witch girl is a crime thriller that juggles the past and the present effortlessly, blending AIDS activism, witchcraft, religious extremism and romance to create a well-paced narrative. Luse is so feisty, charming and resourceful that you'll miss her after you finish the book.

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The cover of the book 'Witch Girl' by Tanvir Bush shows her pseudonym Tanvi Bush. The colours are violet and grey, with a black humanoid figure in pointillist dots apparently flying over a barbed wire fence against a patchy violet sky.

On The Frontline produced by Tanvir Bush
Director and cinematographer: Kasper Bisgaard
Production assistants: Dr Mike Bush, Francis Kabambo
Willie Mwale Film Foundations (2004)

Although not about Witch Girl directly, this film showcases an important aspect of the book's context.

Amazon reviewer Carol gave Witch Girl five stars, saying "I know nothing about Zambia but I now feel I have been there. What a wonderful novel. The characters are so believable and mostly likeable, the "baddies" are very unlikeable but at the same time there is some sympathy shown for them and their mis-guided lives. The story is a cracking one and the lead character, Luse, is such a wonderful strong girl hero. I really could not put this down and regret that I have finished it. Adventure, romance, political awareness, cultural diversity, it is all there. Buy it, read it and then buy more copies to give as presents to everyone you know."

Polly Loxton agrees: "Witch Girl! Eyes pricking and heart pounding, I have just finished and put it down. This short, tightly written story is utterly gripping. The author grew up in Zambia and the sharp, visual quality is testimony to her time as a documentary film maker there. The story arises from those experiences. Read it. Give it to your friends. It is the most original book I have read in many years."

Amazing Book Gripping Sad and Thrilling Amazon: 5 out of 5 stars by Amazon Customer on June 22, 2015 Format: Paperback, Verified Purchase “This book drew me in from the first page and kept me on the edge of my seat. It painted a rich picture of the lives of of Luce and her brother in Zambia from their lives in the suburbs to poverty and the harsh reality of the street. It takes the reader on an amazing ride touching on religious fanaticism, child smuggling and even magic. The plight of these children made me want to reach through the pages and comfort them. Although fiction and not a memoir it reminded me of Angela's Ashes and has to be one of the best books I've read in years.”
WITCH GIRL “A unique novel brilliantly told”JMB
A unique novel brilliantly told Amazon: 5 out of 5 stars by JMB on 14 April 2015 Format: Paperback, Verified Purchase “Tanvi weaves together a story based on the lives of a young girl and her brother that takes the reader onto the streets of Lusaka. She reveals how religion, witchcraft, the repercussions of HIV/Aids in a family, even institutionalised murder all combine to impact on both the young indigenous population and the work of visiting health workers. Based on her own experiences and work as a documentary film maker, it is rich in the characters she creates and the landscape she describes. Tanvi's novel brings a deeper knowledge and understanding of what may lie behind such disturbing images. Although not always easy to read, it is however a compelling portrayal that will stay with you.”

Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 10

The book's cover image appears to be a road surface in muted burgundy and charcoal colours, traversed vertically by a clumsily painted yellow line. Two yellow manhole covers appear like blobs of paint to the right of the line. At the top left in a serif font are the title Willesden Herald in yellow, followed by the subtitle New Short Stories 10 in white.

Edited by Lane Ashfeldt and Stephen Moran, introduced by Lane Ashfeldt,
and featuring Tanvir Bush and others

Rictus by Tanvir Bush is one of the prizewinning stories included in this anthology of the best short stories of 2017. Inspired by Chekov’s 'Ward Six', this disturbing tale sees a Zambian doctor facing one of the most baffling cases of his career. Philosophy, superstition, science…which will win out? What is really going on out there in the dark?

The whole anthology is exciting: there are stories of abandonment, exhibitionism, spontaneous combustion, hysteria, people power, reincarnation, cuisine, race relations, orchidaceous tomfoolery and much more.

They will take you to hot beaches and deserted nighttime streets, to disputed urban spaces, to an overheated and under-resourced emergency ward, behind the scenes at a fancy restaurant, and to the chill vicinity of deserted lakes and pools. Three are set in America, two in Africa, one each in Wales, Scotland, Ireland, London and darkest Sussex.