Caroline Moorehead

Mayhem All Around

A Different Sky


Harvill Secker 488pp £12.99 order from our bookshop

Meira Chand’s new novel starts and ends with a riot. In between them (the first outside a police station in 1927, the second on an airfield in 1956) lie almost thirty years of political turmoil, war and occupation, during which Chinese, Indians, Malays and Eurasians struggle to bring independence to the small British colony of Singapore. A Different Sky is historical fiction at its most complex and engaging.

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