Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956. He grew up in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India. He studied at the universities of Delhi and Oxford and published the first of six novels, The Circle of Reason in 1986. He has taught at a number of institutions, most recently Harvard, and written for many publications. He currently divides his time between Calcutta, Goa and Brooklyn, and is writing the next volume of what will become The Ibis Trilogy.
Stunning . . . amusing, sad, wise - New York Times Book ReviewGhosh has found his own distinctive voice - polished and profound . . . A compelling novel, wistful in its tone, assured in its achieved vision - Times Literary SupplementPRAISE FOR SEA OF POPPIES - -Sea of Poppies Boasts a varied collection of characters to love and hate, and provides wonderfully detailed descriptions of opium production ... utterly involving and piles on tension until the very last page - Peter Parker, Sunday TimesA glorious babel of a novel ... marvellously inventive ... utterly involving ... The next volume cannot come too soon - Sunday TimesAn utterly involving book - Sunday TimesThis is a panoramic adventure story, with a Dickensian energy and scope - Sunday TelegraphGhosh's narrative is enriched with a wealth of historical detail ... as well as intricate characterisation that makes interaction among the diverse group truly absorbing - The Times