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The dazzling epic of a young man’s dream, love, treasure and Empire. Apprenticed to the Mysore palace clockmaker, Abbas creates an ingenious musical tiger for the Sultan’s sons. But when British soldiers attack, the world is turned upside down. The tiger is looted and shipped to England. And Abbas will follow in this brilliantly inventive tale.
Meet Abbas. Woodcarver, toy maker, dreamer. Abbas is seventeen when he is whisked away to Tipu Sultan's glorious palace in Mysore. Apprenticed to the clockmaker Monsieur Du Leze, he is ordered to create an ingenious musical tiger to delight Tipu's sons. In the eccentric Du Leze, Abbas finds an unexpected friend who encourages his skill and hunger for learning, and through whom he also meets the unforgettable Jehanne, who has questions and ambitions of her own. But when British soldiers attack and loot Mysore, Abbas's world is turned upside down and his prized tiger is shipped off to a country estate in England. In order to carve out his place in the world, he must follow. A hero's quest, a love story, an exuberant heist novel that traces the bloody legacy of colonialism across the world, Loot is a dazzling, wildly inventive and irresistible feat of storytelling from a writer at the height of her powers. 'A cinematic novel of empire, colonialism and romance...Through transporting prose, and with wit and charm, Loot asks who gets written out of history and why' Guardian
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- ISBN: 9781787304154
- Number of pages: 304
- Weight: 500g
- Dimensions: 232 x 156 x 32 mm