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A Far Horizon

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    • A lush, sweeping account of the Black Hole of Calcutta in 1756
    • Rich storytelling and vividly drawn characters

    Calcutta, 1756: In Indian Black Town, the beautiful, young Sati is believed to be possessed by the goddess Kali, and finds herself at the centre of a religious cult. In British White Town, Chief Magistrate Holwell and Governor Drake come together to face a common enemy, Siraj Uddaulah, the young nawab in Murshidabad. When the nawab finally descends upon Calcutta with a huge army, it’s too late for those British residents who have not fled the city in time. Locked into Fort William with a large number of the Black Town population, these British prisoners spend a night of horror that would become legend of the history of the Raj.

    A sweeping, fictionalised chronicle of the notorious incident of the Black Hole of Calcutta in 1756 that would later be used to justify the British empire’s colonisation of India.

  • "The prose sweeps forward, and (Chand) evokes the period beautifully…effortlessly…"
    The Telegraph

  • Born and educated in London, Meira Chand is of Swiss-Indian parentage. She studied art at St Martin’s School of Art & Design and later taught art at an international school in Japan before turning to writing. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Western Australia.

ISBN: 9789814868617
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 300
Year Published: 2020