05 Jun 2009 – Hay-on-Wye Bookshop, Hay-on-Wye

Part of the Continents of Exile series of autobiographical writings by Mehta, here we find an unflinching memoir of his disastrous love affairs with four women, in almost excruciating detail. It’s not something you find often in a memoir, but the long series allows him the room for this. We also get a large section about his subsequent psychoanalysis – frustratingly, I have yet to fill in the gap between this and his eventual happy marriage and family life.

I think this was in many respects one for the completist – it was a touch harrowing at times and the women’s letters were reproduced (presumably with permission) which made it a very intimate read. Interesting though, as we very rarely get into the nuts and bolts of someone else’s relationship.