Thistle Publishing

The Tyre

Barely managing to scrape a living gathering wood from the side of a busy road in Tamil Nadu, Ranji accepts his lot uncomplainingly. His one and only concern is to feed his beloved family and keep them safe in their hut beneath the banyan tree. But when a huge new tyre falls from a passing truck, Ranji realises that this could change his life forever, and embarks on a quest to turn his good fortune into cold hard cash.

But his growing obsession causes Ranji to neglect his beautiful wife Meena, who is struggling to resist the advances of the wealthy local brick-maker. And as Ranji’s formerly simple life fills with worries and conflict, he starts to question whether the tyre is in fact a curse rather than a blessing.


“Captivating and enchanting! I loved this book. The story is presented as a fable, an imaginative tale with a moral. It’s like Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, with the same power of observation and imagination. As you read the book, you will enjoy the lovely phrases, the richly -crafted characters, and the culture of India. You will be rooting for Ranji and his family. The ending is delightful and may surprise you. I look forward to reading more from the authors!”

Jena Henry (Reviewer)

“Truly exceptional, one of the most emotionally impacting books I have read in a long time… A heartfelt tale of hope, perseverance, resolution and determination… This book is an emotionally packed and intense read on all fronts, a truly liberating book on poverty and the way one chooses to embrace opportunities that are presented… a beautiful well-written book.”

Cherry-Ann London (Reviewer)

“This book teaches us a lot of lessons, as it is an emotionally read… just beautiful.”

Cherie Homan (Reviewer)

“The Tyre is one of those extremely evocative stories that deal with the multiple and diverse elements at play in the rigid caste system in India. It is also a story of a family’s good luck and misfortune, how hopes are created and dashed, how survival is a struggle, and the ambition to save enough to buy a second-hand bike is a dream. A dream not for leisure but to work harder. A special book that looks at life’s struggles for an “untouchable” family and how they strive to overcome discrimination and prejudices to create the best quality of life they can.”

Peter Donnelly (Reviewer)

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