The Siege of Krishnapur Author:James Gordon Farrell The year is 1857. In Krishnapur, the British community carries on its serene existence, complacently ignoring the rumours of trouble among the native troops elsewhere in Hindustan. Life is dull, but the trappings of Civilisation must be earnestly preserved. Only the Collector, Mr Hopkins, senses danger. When the sepoys in the nearby cantonment ... more »rise in bloody revolt, the British retreat in shocked confusion to the residency. Crowded behind makeshift barricades, surrounded by the Collector's varied mementos of the Great Exhibition, they set themselves grimly to fight for their lives - and for their way of life - with every means at their disposal.« less
Considered by many critics to be the best British novel published in the last 50 years, this is a story of the Muslim soldier rebellion in a isolated Victorian outpost, against the British in India, 1857.