Winner of the Booker Prize 1973
Krishnapur, 1857: India is on the brink of a violent and bloody mutiny. In this remote town on the vast North Indian plain, life for the British is still orderly and genteel. But when the sepoys at the nearest military cantonment rise in revolt, the British community retreats with shock into the Residency. They prepare to fight for their lives with what weapons they can muster. As food and ammunition grow short when the British find themselves under actual siege, the true character of their dominion – at once brutal, blundering and wistful – is soon revealed.
‘An idiosyncratic masterpiece, wise and richly comic.’ Hilary Mantel
Reviewed by Patrick Welland in Slightly Foxed Issue 50.
Rebellion at the Residency
The Siege of Krishnapur is a tremendous read. Amid the laconic humour and enthralling action, serious questions are asked about the wisdom of accepted ideas and the ownership of possessions both...Read more