12-14 Sept 2024, State Library of NSW



Listen to Abir Mukherjee talk about The Shadows of Men, his latest book in the Wyndham and Banerjee series with crime writer Sulari Gentill. This gripping historical novel set in Calcutta in 1923 explores the rising tensions between Hindus and Muslims in Raj-era India.

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When a Hindu theologian is found murdered in his home in Calcutta in 1923, the city is on the brink of all-out religious war. Can officers of the Imperial Police Force, Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant Surendranath Banerjee track down those responsible in time to stop a bloodbath?

Set at a time of heightened political tension, beginning in atmospheric Calcutta and taking the detectives all the way to bustling Bombay, the latest instalment in this ‘unmissable’ series presents Wyndham and Banerjee with an unprecedented challenge. Will this be the case that finally drives them apart?


Abir Mukherjee is the bestselling author of the award-winning Wyndham & Banerjee series of crime novels set in Raj-era India. He has won the CWA Historical Dagger and the Wilbur Smith Award for Adventure Writing, and has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger, and HWA Gold Crown. His novels, A Rising Man and Smoke and Ashes were both selected as Waterstones Thriller of the Month. Smoke and Ashes was also chosen as one of The Times’ Best Crime and Thrillers since 1945. Abir grew up in Scotland and now lives in Surrey with his wife and two sons. He will be talking to Sulari Gentill about The Shadows of Men, his latest book in the Wyndham & Banerjee series.

Sulari Gentill

Sulari Gentill has moved from astrophysics to corporate law but found her home in writing. Winner of the 2019 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction for Crossing the Lines, Sulari is the bestselling author of the Rowland Sinclair mysteries set in 1930s Australia featuring a gentleman-artist who is also an amateur detective. A Few Right Thinking Men was shortlisted for Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best First Book. A Decline in Prophets won the Davitt Award for Best Adult Crime Fiction. The tenth book in the series Shanghai Secrets was published in January 2021. Her latest book, the standalone The Woman in the Library will be published in May 2022.

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