Amitav Ghosh’s astonishing adventure spans the poppy fields of the Ganges, the backstreets of China and the high seas of the Indian Ocean.

At the heart of this epic saga, set just before the Opium Wars, is an old slaving-ship, The Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean, its crew a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts: from a bankrupt Raja to a widowed villager, from an evangelical English opium trader to a mixed-race American freedman. They all simply view themselves as jahaj-bhais - ship brothers - in this masterpiece from one of the world’s finest novelists.

Shortlisted
The Man Booker Prize 2008
Published by
John Murray
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Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh

About the Author

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India before studying at Oxford University, England.
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