The Siege of Krishnapur
In the Spring of 1857, with India on the brink of a violent and bloody mutiny, Krishnapur is a remote town on the vast North Indian plain. For the British there, life is orderly and genteel. Then the sepoys at the nearest military cantonment rise in revolt and 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, the Residency, its defences battered by shot and shell and eroded by the rains, becomes ever more vulnerable. The Siege of Krishnapur is a modern classic of narrative excitement that also digs deep to explore some fundamental questions of civilisation and life.
The Siege of Krishnapur won the Booker Prize, modern fiction's most prestigious award The best known of all J G Farrell's novels New edition to include Reading Notes Reissued with a wonderful new cover treatment 'A novel of quite outstanding quality' The Times 'For a novel to be witty is one thing, to tell a good story is another, to be serious is yet another, but to be all three is surely enough to make it a masterpiece' New Statesman 'His brilliance of style places him beside such masters of the modern novel as Patrick White and Saul Bellow' Olivia Manning
Winner of Booker Prize for Fiction 1973. Shortlisted for Best of the Booker 2008.
"Inspired, funny but ultimately tragic look at colonialism in India. It has an unusual exuberence" -- Mariella Frostrup INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
J.G. Farrell was born in Liverpool in 1935 and spent a good deal of his life abroad, including periods in France and North America, and then settled in London where he wrote most of his novels. In April 1979 he went to live in County Cork where only four months later he was drowned in a fishing accident.