A lovely edition of this Conrad story produced in the Art of the Novella series by Melville House Publishing. A tragic romance set in the Indian Ocean against a backdrop of growing hostility between the British and the Dutch merchant navies; Conrad explores themes of duty versus happiness and the corrupting influence of power.
Tara and Bim are two Indian sisters reunited after ten years apart, ten years which has seen the death of Ghandi, violence between Muslims and Hindus and a malaria epidemic. Tara left to marry, but Bim remained at her family home looking after their autistic brother. Now the two sisters must try to overcome old resentments and forget the past, much like India herself. Intoxicating fiction that tells us so much about Desai's India.
A passionate and intense love story set in 1930s Saigon against a backdrop of the last days of French rule. A rich Chinese boy and a poor French girl fall in love to the horror of both of their families. This superbly-written, erotic novel was the winner of the Prix Goncourt in 1984.
This fantastic novel from Shusaku Endo tells the story of an idealistic Portuguese priest who travels to Japan in the 1640s determined to free Japanese Christians from their oppressors. Under the overwhelming pressure of religious persecution, however, his faith is tested to its limits.
This is the story of a half-Chinese, half-English boy growing up in Malaysia during the 1930s and 40s. A coming of age novel, encompassing different cultures and philosophies as the boy begins to learn martial art, set against a fascinating historical background as one set of colonisers, the British, are ousted by another, the Japanese.
Shortlisted as one of the best of 40 years of Booker prize-winners, J. G. Farrell's modern classic is the blackly humorous account of an isolated Indian colonial town under siege during the mutiny of 1857. As conditions deteriorate, the British colonials struggle to keep their stiff upper lip absolutely stiff and the locals watch on with palpable glee.
An acutely-observed, darkly humorous portrayal of colonial life on the eve of the Japanese invasion. J G Farrell paints a vivid picture of the ex-pat, imperial community, of sundowners and tennis parties, the final swansong of the British Empire, with the tense shadow of war looming over them all.
The second in Flint's Inspector Singh series follows the rotund Sikh to Bali in the wake of a terrorist bomb attack. He is back on familiar ground, however, when a body is found in the rubble which seems to have been murdered prior to the explosion. A light, amusing crime novel which brings to life this Indonesian island and some of its social and political issues.
A young drifter embarks on a series of disastrous journeys through Greece, India and Africa in this brief and beguiling novel. Each represents a voyage of discovery for the South African narrator, whose encounters with other travellers force him into confrontation with his own feelings of inertia, compassion and thwarted desire.
A lyrical debut from V. V. Ganeshananthan about a Sri Lankan family caught between the old world of their traditional homeland and the freedom of modern America. Yalini, a Tamil girl, tries to find her way by retracing the history of her family, their marriages and their ethnic roots.
This beautifully observed story of late-flowering love traces the long marriage of Betty and Eddie Feathers against the backdrop of a pulsing, labyrinthine Hong Kong and, later, a quiet Dorset retreat. Michael Arditti has described Gardam's writing as being 'like painting on glass: vivid and translucent'. We couldn't agree more.
This epic, colourful narrative encompasses 100 years of history from the British invasion of Mandalay in 1885 until the present day. Through the intimate stories of 3 different families, across 3 different generations, Amitav Ghosh's intoxicating story wonderfully evokes the sights and smells of both old and modern Burma.
A beautifully-told, moving account of a nine year-old girl who is sent from her family home to the ancient city of Kyoto to become a geisha. From her crippling loneliness, to her Pygmalion-like metamorphosis into a highly skilled artisan, this is both historically fascinating and a mesmerising personal journey.
A collection of short stories from the end of the 19th century up until the present day. An excellent introduction to Japanese literature with stories covering many aspects of cultural life by authors including Kawabata, Mishima and Murakami.
Beautiful art work and interesting, fresh writing - this is a joy to read and a must for anyone keen to read new work. By collecting together the work of Kamila Shamsie, Mohammed Hanif and Daniyal Mueenuddin, among others, Granta has also succeeded in capturing a momentary snapshot of the country on the brink of a cultural explosion.
An evocative novel set in 1960s Hong Kong that tells the story of two sisters, Kate and Frankie, and their intense but troubled relationship. Longlisted for the Orange Prize, this is a coming of age novel that is both poignant and intoxicating.
A collection of nine short stories from Romesh Gunesekera that reveal Sri Lanka as an island of tragic contradiction: intensely beautiful and yet ravaged by a violent and interminable civil war. Powerful, brutal and haunting.
A sensual novel set in Colombo in the 1970s that reflects the social and political upheaval of the time. Eleven year old Triton is sent to be a cook and house boy to an eminent marine biologist but, just as in the city outside their windows, the peace and contentment of the household begins to disintegrate. Shortlisted for the Booker prize.