The Hamilton Case: Complete & Unabridged

 
9780754097594: The Hamilton Case: Complete & Unabridged

The place is Ceylon, the time is the 1930s. Sam Obeysekere - 'obey' by name and by nature - is a Ceylonese lawyer, a perfect product of empire. His family once had wealth and influence, but cracks start to open as political change comes to the island, and Sam's glamorous father dies leaving gambling debts. But the Obeysekeres' troubles reach back into the past. And there is the Hamilton Case, a murder scandal that shakes the upper echelons of island society. Set amid tea plantations and jungle, decay, corruption and the back-water of empire, this is a gripping story of a world at the end of its tether.

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Review:

"A novel so delicious that you have to keep stopping as you read, for fear of finishing too soon" (Jane Shilling Sunday Telegraph)

"A bewitching tale...an utterly captivating blend of intellectual muscle and story-telling magic" ( Independent)

"Reminiscent of The Remains of the Day. De Kretser has given us the classic whodunnit wrapped up in a beautiful and tragic literary novel" ( Vogue)

"Haunting, lush and delicately nuanced" ( Observer)

"Rewarding, thought-provoking, witty and often disconcerting, the novel takes the reader into a world of transformations - conjuring a fiction which is tantalizingly vivid" ( Times Literary Supplement)

From the Publisher:

An assured, breathtakingly good novel, set in pre-war Ceylon, by the author of The Rose Grower, that confirms her as a writer of real talent and originality.

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