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The Sly company of People who care

Author(s): Rahul Bhattacharya

Location(s): Guyana

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern



A twenty-six-year-old Indian journalist decides to give up his job and travel to Guyana, a forgotten colonial society of raw, mesmerizing beauty. But he is not just seduced by the country: he is also captivated by the feisty yet fragile Jan, and together they embark on an adventure which will take them into a new country and change both their lives. In his dazzling and ambitious debut novel, Rahul Bhattacharya has captured the heady adventures of travel, the overheated restlessness of youth, and the paradoxes of searching for life’s meaning in the escape from home.

His narrative harks back to the works of Sir Walter Raleigh, Evelyn Waugh, Edgar Mittelholzer, Wilson Harris and VS Naipaul who have been meserised by the lure of travel – often fictional, but very real.

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‘His narrator has a charming, confident voice that engages instantly, and his descriptions of landscapes and people are ravishing . . . We look forward to seeing this on (at least) the Booker longlist.’...

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