About The Author
Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
His first novel The Circle of Reason was published in 1986 and France’s Prix Médicis. The Calcutta Chromosome won the 1997 Arthur C Clarke Award. His fiction has won many of India's most prestigious literary awards, including the Crossword Book Prize (twice), Sahitya Akademi Award and the Ananda Puraskar. He was shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker International.
His fiction has been published in 20 languages. He has taught at universities in India and America and has honorary doctorates from Queens College, New York and the Sorbonne. He has also served on the juries of the Locarno and the Venice Film Festivals. In 2007 he was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest honours.
The first in his Ibis trilogy, centred on the 19th-century opium trade, Sea of Poppies, was shortlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize. The second book, River of Smoke followed in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize.
Now he publishes Flood of Fire, the final part of his epic historical trilogy.
It is 1839 and war is declared as China cracks down on British opium smuggling from India. The Hind, requisitioned for naval use, is sailing from Bengal, with a motley group of characters on board Kesri Singh, a sepoy in the East India Company, Zachary Reid, an impoverished young sailor searching for his lost love, and Shireen Modi, a widow determined to reclaim her opium-trader husband's wealth and reputation. The novel charts China's eventual defeat and Britain's subsequent seizure of Hong Kong.
You can download the first chapter of Flood of Fire as a PDF here.
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