The Bloodstone Papers (Hardcover)

By Glen Duncan

Ecco, 9780061239663, 416pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2007



Switching seamlessly between the chaos and bloodshed of 1940s India and the multicultural melange of twenty-first-century Britain, Glen Duncan's sublime new novel finds love in both.

Ross Monroe is a boxing railwayman with a weakness for get-rich-quick schemes. Kate Lyle is a headstrong young woman desperate to escape a sexually predatory household. Both are Anglo-Indians, members of a race that helped turn the wheels of Empire for years. But Empire days are numbered, and as India sheds its colonial skin, the young lovers must face their own tryst with destiny.

In twenty-first-century England, Owen Monroe is writing this story of his parents' lives in an effort to avoid the problems in his own: lost love, relentless libido, dreams of death, and a world full of headlines he can't understand and doesn't want to. But keeping past and present apart isn't as easy as it seems, and before long Owen is deep in the one story he never wanted to tell....

Epic in its scope yet never losing sight of the telling, gorgeous detail, The Bloodstone Papers is an extraordinarily rich and beautiful read that manages to ask the big questions without fuss and to accept that the big answers aren't always what we want to hear.

Praise For The Bloodstone Papers

[A] sprawling, ambitious work…it loops back and forth through history with remarkable lucidity… ultimately very moving.’
-Alfred Hickling, The Guardian

“An appallingly intelligent writer”
-The Guardian

“A vigorous roman à ghee, reminiscent at turns of Vikram Seth, Zadie Smith and Douglas Coupland.”
-Kirkus Reviews

Superb...Perhaps this book will finally bring him the mainstream recognition he deserves.

“Duncan’s polished, merciless, and frequently hilarious prose supplies a trove of pleasures all its own.”
-Publishers Weekly

‘Richly satisfying. Duncan manages to fuse racial and personal dislocation beautifully in this long, seductive narrative....A terrific yarn.’
-The Independent on Sunday

“He is a major writer”
-The Independent on Sunday