Hungry Ghosts

Launching a major new literary voice for 2023, Hungry Ghosts is a mesmerising novel about violence, religion, family and class, rooted in the wild and pastoral landscape of 1940s colonial central Trinidad.

The music was still playing when Dalton Changoor vanished into thin air...

On a hill overlooking Bell Village sits the Changoor farm, where Dalton and Marlee Changoor live in luxury unrecognisable to those who reside in the farm's shadow. Down below is the barrack, a ramshackle building of wood and tin, divided into rooms occupied by whole families. Among these families are the Saroops Hans, Shweta, and their son, Krishna, who live hard lives of backbreaking work, grinding poverty and devotion to faith.

When Dalton Changoor goes missing and Marlee's safety is compromised, farmhand Hans is lured by the promise of a handsome stipend to move to the farm as watchman. But as the mystery of Dalton's disappearance unfolds their lives become hellishly entwined, and the small community altered forever.

'An astonishing novel linguistically gorgeous, narratively propulsive and psychologically profound'Bernardine Evaristo

'This shimmering slice of Trinidadian gothic deserves to be a Booker contender . . . (A) sumptuous, brilliantly written novel'THE TIMES

ISBN: 9781526644497 | Published: 7 February 2023 | Trade paperback | 352 pages

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