Neglected Lives

Stephen Alter’s first novel, originally published in 1978, is still in print with Penguin India. This is the story of a young Anglo-Indian man named Lionel who retreats to a hill station called Debrakot, where he discovers a community living in isolation. Within the forested mountains, Lionel confronts questions about his own identity.


Neglected Lives is a short novel of unusual and exquisite quality … Mr. Alter has a rare narrative zest, a surging feeling for the physical world, a strongly individual grasp of character, and an agreeable bite of wit.

The New Yorker

Paul Scott… Ruth Jhabvala… M.M. Kaye…  Stephen Alter is by no means out of place in this company.

The Daily Telegraph