Sea of Poppies

Sea of Poppies: Ibis Trilogy Book 1

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 19/03/2009
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Sea of Poppies
The IBIS Trilogy volume 1
An old slaving ship is readying itself for a voyage across the Indian Ocean. On board are a disparate group of people, whose fates are inextricably linked... READ MORE
Kay Duffy
Sea of Poppies
If you like Hosseini you might like this
A great adventure on the high seas as slaves and convicts both good and bad get involved in the opium trade. It involves the landscape of China and I foun... READ MORE
Philippa at Colchester


Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2008'Sea of Poppies boasts a varied collection of characters to love and hate, and provides wonderfully detailed descriptions . . . utterly involving and piles on tension until the very last page' Sunday TimesAt 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. In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a truly diverse cast of Indians and Westerners, from a bankrupt Raja to a widowed villager, from an evangelical English opium trader to a mulatto American freedman. As their old family ties are washed away they, like their historical counterparts, come to view themselves as jahaj-bhais or ship-brothers. An unlikely dynasty is born, which will span continents, races and generations. The vast sweep of this historical adventure spans the lush poppy fields of the Ganges, the rolling high seas, and the exotic backstreets of China. But it is the panorama of characters, whose diaspora encapsulates the vexed colonial history of the East itself, which makes Sea of Poppies so breathtakingly alive - a masterpiece from one of the world's finest novelists.

  • Publisher: John Murray Press
  • ISBN: 9780719568978
  • Number of pages: 544
  • Weight: 371g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 132 x 34 mm

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Sea of Poppies - a 'must read'
The 1st of an enthralling trilogy on the opium trade, India, China and of course the Imperial powers. A great yarn with a really accurate reflection of hi... READ MORE
Peter Heydon
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A Fascinating Start
Sea of Poppies is the first book of the Ibis Trilogy, and begins the task of bringing together a hugely diverse set of characters. These characters are dra... READ MORE
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Scarlett Howes
Sea of Poppies
This is a brilliant read. Rich characters, and Ghosh writes in such a poetic way. Would recommend to anyone.
Nick Leahy