The Bloodstone Papers (Paperback)

By Glen Duncan

Harper Perennial, 9780061239670, 405pp.

Publication Date: July 29, 2008



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 nightmarish household. As mid-century India sheds its colonial skin and the shadow of violence rises, these young lovers find themselves facing their own "tryst with destiny."

In twenty-first-century London, Owen Monroe is writing this story of his parents' lives in an effort to avoid the problems in his own. But keeping past and present apart isn't easy, and before long Owen is deep in the one story he never wanted to tell....

Praise For The Bloodstone Papers

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

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

“An appallingly intelligent writer”
-The Guardian

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

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

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

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