Ashwin-Sa-nghiMuch like the American best-selling author Dan Brown, the Indian writer Ashwin Sanghi doesn’t shy away from controversial topics – in fact, his thrillers depend on it.

His first, self-published English novel The Rozabal Line (2007) promoted the idea that Christ survived the crucifixion, while his upcoming book Sialkot Saga is steeped in the tumultuous 1947 partition of India and Pakistan.

The 46-year-old businessman-turned-author says the “tantalising possibility of an overlap between history and mythology provides an adrenalin rush”.

Hachette complains of unaccountably slow despatch amid reports of the web giant using such techniques to win better trade terms: The Guardian

Titles by authors including Malcolm Gladwell, James Patterson and Iain Banks are taking weeks to be sent to readers from Amazon.com, as the online retailer is accused by the books’ publisher Hachette of delaying delivery “for reasons of their own”.