image for Literary Event item typeAbir Mukherjee - A Rising Man at OSO Community Arts Centre

Literary Event, Wed 16 Jan 2019


Old Sorting Office,
49 Station Road,
SW13 0LF

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Abir Mukherjee writes the hugely successful Captain Sam Wyndham and ‘Surrender-Not’ Bannerjee crime series. Abir grew up in the West of Scotland where a chance encounter with Gorky Park, by Martin Cruz Smith, inspired a love of crime fiction. His first novel, A Rising Man, marries this love of crime fiction with his desire to learn more about Anglo-Indian relations during the Raj.

Captain Sam Wyndham is a policeman from the Met who after surviving the trenches of WW1, a war in which he loses both his wife and best friend, up sticks to try the colonial life in Calcutta. As a newcomer Sam struggles to understand the way of life for both English and Indian under the Raj, but is nevertheless thrown in at the deep end to solve a gruesome crime that has at its heart the political dilemma that is India under the Raj. The Sunday Times describes A Rising Man as “A terrific first novel…Mukherjee's descriptions of Calcutta under the Raj are vivid, while Wyndham's position as a newcomer with fresh eyes works brilliantly”. The Guardian says, “A Rising Man is an assured novel: well researched and vivid…Delivered with verve and some appealingly wry humour”, whilst The Telegraph calls it “A lip-smacking and highly entertaining mystery, set in a Calcutta so convincingly evoked that readers will find sweat bursting from their foreheads”.

In his spare time, Abir works as an accountant!

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Wed 16 Jan 2019 20:00


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Map reference: TQ 218762  Lat: 51.47228 Long: -0.24686

The OSO Community Arts Centre is on Barnes Green, next to ASK restaurant.

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Barnes Bridge station


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