Virtual Book Club Discussion: A Rising Man
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Every two months we will meet virtually over tea and biscuits to discuss some of the best works in contemporary literature. We’ll explore short stories, novels, non-fiction, poetry, and works in translation, making these informal and friendly sessions the perfect way to meet like-minded readers and to discover exciting new reads. We’ll always choose books that are easy to purchase in hard copy online or via Kindle.
We are reading A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee (published by Vintage), the first in his Sam Wyndham series of historical crime novels set in Calcutta/Kolkata during the time of the British Raj occupation of India. It’s a hugely interesting book that follows jaded English intelligence officer Sam Wyndham and his Indian deputy Sergeant ‘Surrender-not’ Bannerjee as they investigate the murder of a high-ranking British official. Ian Rankin called A Rising Man ‘a thought-provoking rollercoaster’, and C J Samson ‘an exceptional historical crime novel’.
Abir’s novel takes us from the palaces and plantations to the backstreets, brothels and opium dens of Calcutta. It poses really interesting questions about otherness as well as being a hugely readable and satisfying crime story.
Spaces are limited so we recommend booking your place in advance. This discussion will take place via Zoom – further details will be sent to you a few days prior to the event.
Can’t make this time? We’re also running a discussion on Tuesday 25 May at 5.30pm BST.
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