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The Skinning Tree

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Set against the Japanese advance on India during the Second World War, The Skinning Tree centres on the nine-year-old Sabby, who lives in a Calcutta family where sophisticated British habits such as bridge and dinner parties co-exist with Indian values and nationalism. When he is sent to a boarding school in northern India, he witnesses a strict regime in which the schoolboys are beaten and brutalized by the teachers. The boys themselves take on their abusers' cruel traits, mindlessly killing animals and hanging their skins on a cactus, before their thoughts turn to even more sinister schemes. Conspiratorial whisperings and plans of revenge spiral into a tragedy engulfing Sabby, in a chilling novel exploring human nature's darkest facets.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"The Skinning Tree's account of Calcutta in the early forties is one of the most acute and estranging I've read of the city in a while." - Amit Chaudhuri

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October 2013 : UK Paperback

Title: The Skinning Tree
Author(s): Srikumar Sen
ISBN: 1-84688-296-6 / 978-1-84688-296-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Alma Books Ltd
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February 2015 : UK Paperback

Title: The Skinning Tree
Author(s): Srikumar Sen
ISBN: 1-4448-2295-0 / 978-1-4448-2295-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft
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