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Raghu Karnad is an award-winning writer and journalist who lives between Bangalore and New Delhi, India. His essay detailing the origins of this book was described by Simon Schama as `nothing short of brilliant'. `Farthest Field' is his first book.

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`[A] spectacular first book ... In prose that verges at times on poetry, he writes with the imaginative gift of a first-rate novelist in order to deliver the truth. Romance and the attendant grief of loss permeate the book alongside passages that are unexpectedly moving ... Unforgettable' Daily Telegraph

`From the very first page it is the brilliance of the writing that stands out. (An) imaginative power, intelligence and descriptive richness of a narrative that, again and again, startles by its originality before convincing by its utter fitness ... This book is an affirmation of life, not a polemic against empire or colonial injustice. For all the damning clarity of its political analysis, it is wonderfully generous, full of intelligence, compassion, curiosity and brilliant writing ... It has the stamp of imaginative truth about it and we can ask nothing more of any kind of writing' David Crane, Spectator

`Fascinating ... both a poignant memorial to his lost family and a gripping account of how India contributed to the allied victory"
Sunday Times

`A bravura feat of literary-historical imagination ... Karnad marshals and orders a huge range of materials, locations and actions with apparently effortless skill, making everything cohere not only through a galloping and affecting narrative but, crucially, through a passionate moral core. Karnad's handling of military action sets the heart racing: the chapters on the Imphal offensive of 1944 should be mandatory reading for writers of action thrillers ... The writing of history intersects gloriously with several other genres in this moving, eloquent, intelligent work' Neel Mukherjee, Financial Times

`I wanted to savour his prose. That this is Karnad's first book just goes to show that well-crafted writing needs no authorial pedigree ... Karnad illuminates brilliantly the 'so much owed by so many' John Keay, Literary Review

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