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Monthly Archives: January 2016

It’s hard to read this book about illegal Indian immigrants in Britain as a fiction book. It reads more like an episode of Four Corners or a Channel 4 docco. Ultimately though it is a thoroughly depressing and sad book, but expertly written. Interesting look into how immigrants get by (well just) in England and also especially Sikh culture and beliefs as well. I certainly never knew that Sikhs had a caste system. 81/100

The final book of his trilogy about the Opium Wars. This is a big improvement on book 2 and the action moves around from India to Hong Kong via Singapore. Lots of action and mystery, and even some steamy romance, but unfortunately the characters are all very hard to warm to. The trilogy is woth a read though for its insights into colonialism, Asian history and early capitalism. 77/100