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Eden Gardens

Eden Gardens
  • Author(s): Louise Brown
  • Location(s): Kolkata (Calcutta)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1940s

Eden Gardens, Calcutta, the 1940s. In a ramshackle house, streets away from the grand colonial mansions of the British, live Maisy, her Mam and their ayah, Pushpa. Whiskey-fuelled and poverty-stricken, Mam entertains officers in the night – a disgrace...

Victory Colony, 1950

Victory Colony, 1950
  • Author(s): Bhaswati Ghosh
  • Location(s): Kolkata (Calcutta)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical, Romance
  • Era(s): 1950

A novel set in Calcutta, shortly after the Partition of India. Along with other refugees from what is now Pakistan, a young woman makes her way to the teeming city of Calcutta and tries to adjust to a new...

Calcutta: Two Years in the City

Calcutta: Two Years in the City
  • Author(s): Amit Chaudhuri
  • Location(s): Kolkata (Calcutta)
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 2009-2011

In 1999, Amit Chaudhuri moved back to Calcutta, the city in which he was born. It was a place he had loved in his youth and the place he had made his name writing about. But upon his return...

Death in the East

Death in the East
  • Author(s): Abir Mukherjee
  • Location(s): Assam, Kolkata (Calcutta), London
  • Genre(s): Crime, Historical, Mystery
  • Era(s): Early 20th century

Calcutta police detective Captain Sam Wyndham and his quick-witted Indian Sergeant, Surrender-not Banerjee, are back for another rip-roaring adventure set in 1920s India. 1905, London. As a young constable, Sam Wyndham is on his usual East London beat when...

Outcast

Outcast
  • Author(s): Dianne Noble
  • Location(s): Kolkata (Calcutta), Penzance
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

A café in Cornwall, October 2014. A frightening phone call to ROSE from her ex-husband Tom. ELLIE, their daughter, has not returned from her gap year. Is living in India helping the Untouchables. Terrified for her daughter’s safety she...

Smoke and Ashes

Smoke and Ashes
  • Author(s): Abir Mukherjee
  • Location(s): Kolkata (Calcutta)
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): 1920s

India, 1921. Haunted by his memories of the Great War, Captain Sam Wyndham is battling a serious addiction to opium that he must keep secret from his superiors in the Calcutta police force. When Sam is summoned to investigate...

The Lives of Others

The Lives of Others
  • Author(s): Neel Mukherjee
  • Location(s): Kolkata (Calcutta)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1960s

Calcutta, 1967. Unnoticed by his family, Supratik has become dangerously involved in extremist political activism. Compelled by an idealistic desire to change his life and the world around him, all he leaves behind before disappearing is this note ....

The Lowland

The Lowland
  • Author(s): Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Location(s): Kolkata (Calcutta), Rhode Island
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1960s to modern

From Subhash’s earliest memories, at every point, his brother was there. In the suburban streets of Calcutta where they wandered before dusk and in the hyacinth-strewn ponds where they played for hours on end, Udayan was always in his...

The Mulberry Empire

The Mulberry Empire
  • Author(s): Philip Hensher
  • Location(s): Kabul, Kolkata (Calcutta), London
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 19th Century

The novel begins in Kabul with the arrival of Burnes, an ambitious young Scot, eager to open up the country to the English. News of his arrival soon reaches the Amir, for whom “the arrival of the new European...

The Shadow Lines

The Shadow Lines
  • Author(s): Amitav Ghosh
  • Location(s): Kolkata (Calcutta), London
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1930s to 1990s

A wide-eyed boy growing up in suburban Calcutta in the 1960s experiences the world through the eyes of others – an intoxicating older cousin, a grandmother who weaves stories from the past and a family in London whose lives...

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