Book Launch: The Farthest Field


Tue, 23/06/2015 - 19:00
Norrington Room, Blackwells Bookshop, Broad Street


Raghu Karnad

Oxford’s MSc in Contemporary India’s alumnus, Raghu Karnad (MSc CI 2008-2009), will launch his book The Farthest Field: An Indian story of the Second World War (his essay on this theme was runner up for the Bodley Head/Financial Times non-fiction prize in 2012).

As part of the launch Liz Chatterjee, who graduated form the MSc in the same year and is now a fellow at All Souls College, and Raghu will be "in conversation" about life-writing, nationalism, family, the line between history and fiction, his gorgeous prose, and much more besides.

Tickets are £3 and available from Blackwells Customer Service Department, by calling 01865 333623 or emailing



"a bravura feat of literary-historical imagination—like a superior commander himself Karnad marshals and orders a huge range of materials, locations and actions with apparently effortless skill... Karnad's handling of military action..sets the heart racing (and) should be mandatory reading for writers of action thrillers... The writing of history intersects gloriously with several other genres in this moving, eloquent, intelligent work". Neel Mukherjee, Financial Times

"assured and moving ....from the very first page it is the brilliance of the writing that stands out....the imaginative power, intelligence and descriptive richness of a narrative that, again and again, startles by its originality....Karnad's achievement in FARTHEST FIELD is (to) rescue a largely forgotten strand of history that is as much ours as it is India's...For all the damning clarity of its political analysis, it is wonderfully generous, full of intelligence, compassion, curiosity and brilliant writing". David Crane, The Spectator


Raghu himself is a fascinating individual, a former editor of Time Out Delhi and reporter at Tehelka and Outlook. Now a contributing editor (and co-founder) at the brand-new outlet, he has written on everything from the Japanese in Delhi's Old Fort to the politics of liquor. It promises to be a great evening in his company. 

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