Winner of the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, this is the new novel from the author of `King of the Badgers' and the Man Booker-shortlisted `The Northern Clemency'. "I was a baby during the war. We stayed inside for months. All my aunts took turns in feeding me. I couldn't be heard to cry. You see, there were soldiers in the streets. They would have known what a crying baby meant. So I had to be kept silent. No, not everyone came out of the war alive." One family's life, and a nation - Bangladesh - are uniquely created through conversation, sacrifice, songs, bonds, blood, bravery and jokes. Narrated by a young boy born into a savage civil war, `Scenes from Early Life' is a heartbreaking, funny and gripping novel by one of our finest writers.