Abir Mukherjee
8pm Wednesday 16 January 2019
OSO Arts Centre, Barnes Green

 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!