Amitav Ghosh is an award-winning novelist and essayist. His most recent book is The Great Derangement
'A triumph of storytelling' The Hindu
It is 1839. The British, whose opium exports to China have been blockaded by Beijing, are planning an invasion to force China's hand. In Calcutta, Zachary Reid, an impoverished young sailor, dreams of his lost love and of a way to make his fortunes. Heading towards Calcutta is Havildar Kesri to lead a regiment of Indian volunteers in the upcoming war. In Mumbai, Shireen Modi prepares to sail alone to China to reclaim her opium trader husband's wealth and reputation. In Canton, Neel becomes an aide and translator to a senior Chinese official as Beijing begins to prepare for war with Britain and the more he sees, the more worried he becomes-for the Chinese have neither the ships nor the artillery to match the British in modern warfare. The future seems clear but do the Chinese know it?
'[Flood of Fire] brims with wonderful historical details, clearly the result of prodigious research . . . Readers will find it easy to surrender to the story' New York Times Book Review
'An exhilarating end' India Today
'A monumental work' Times of India
'Simply unputdownable' Mail Today
Flood of Fire
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. The first novel in his Ibis trilogy, Sea of Poppies, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He received the Jnanpith Award in 2018.