National Crime Reading Month

Killing Gandhi and Dante’s Divine Comedy – India at the Crossroads

South-east England (inc. London) & East Anglia

Event Type:Festival event
Event Organiser:Wild Words Festival
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Ticket Price:£0-£70

Colesdale Farm

Northaw Road West

Potters Bar


In this talk, award-winning author Vaseem Khan will take us on an exhilarating journey from the last days of the Raj to the heart of modern India. He will examine the setting of his new novel, The Dying Day, in 1950s Bombay, just a few years after Indian independence, the assassination of Gandhi, and the horrors of Partition. He will also discuss one of the world’s great treasures, a 600-year-old copy of Dante’s The Divine Comedy, which is stored at Bombay’s Asiatic Society and vanishes at the start of The Dying Day, leaving behind a trail of cryptic riddles… and bodies.

Vaseem Khan is the author of two crime series set in India, the Baby Ganesh Agency series set in modern Mumbai, and the Malabar House historical crime novels set in 1950s Bombay. His first book, The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra, was a Times bestseller, now translated into 15 languages. The second in the series won the Shamus Award in the US. In 2018, he was awarded the Eastern Eye Arts, Culture and Theatre Award for Literature. Vaseem was born in England, but spent a decade working in India. In 2021, the first in his Malabar House series, Midnight at Malabar House won the Crime Writers Association Historical Dagger, the world’s premier award for historical crime fiction.

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