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The forgotten army: abandoned by the British to the horrors of Partition

Raghu Karnad’s moving memoir Farthest Field makes triumphant redress for the injustices suffered by his fellow Indians in the Burma Campaign

13 June 2015

9:00 AM

13 June 2015

9:00 AM

Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War Raghu Karnad

William Collins, pp.320, £18.99, ISBN: 9780008115722

It is often said that cricket was ‘a game invented by the English and played by Indians’, and every so often a book comes along that makes you think that something similar could be said of the English language. It would seem from Farthest Field’s dust jacket that this is Raghu Karnad’s first book, but if this assured and moving memoir of wartime India is an apprentice piece, then you can only wonder what is coming next.

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