A wide-eyed boy growing up in suburban Calcutta in the 1960s experiences the world through the eyes of others an intoxicating older cousin, a grandmother who weaves stories from the past and a family in London whose lives are intertwined with his. When a seemingly random act of violence threatens his vision of the world, he begins piecing together events for himself, and in the process unravels secrets with devastating consequences.
Calcutta and London and spanning generations from the outbreak of the Second World War to the late twentieth century, The Shadow Lines is a haunting novel from one of the world s greatest writers.
Stunning . . . amusing, sad, wise - New York Times Book Review
Ghosh has found his own distinctive voice - polished and profound . . . A compelling novel, wistful in its tone, assured in its achieved vision - Times Literary Supplement
PRAISE FOR SEA OF POPPIES - -
Sea of Poppies Boasts a varied collection of characters to love and hate, and provides wonderfully detailed descriptions of opium production ... utterly involving and piles on tension until the very last page - Peter Parker, Sunday Times
A glorious babel of a novel ... marvellously inventive ... utterly involving ... The next volume cannot come too soon - Sunday Times
An utterly involving book - Sunday Times
This is a panoramic adventure story, with a Dickensian energy and scope - Sunday Telegraph
Ghosh's narrative is enriched with a wealth of historical detail ... as well as intricate characterisation that makes interaction among the diverse group truly absorbing - The Times
Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956. He grew up in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India. He studied at the universities of Delhi and Oxford and published the first of eight novels, The Circle of Reason in 1986. He currently divides his time between Calcutta, Goa and Brooklyn. The first novel in his Ibis trilogy, Sea of Poppies, was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize.