City of Ghosts is the kind of book that leaves you buzzing with all sorts of thoughts after you've read it. There's so much going on that perhaps it shouldn't work, but it really, really does. It's historical fiction, a love story, a ghost story, a critique of colonialism and more. Since the book has been released it has had some brilliant reviews. The award winning author Bali Rai has obviously done his homework with this title. 

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'A beautiful story of just a few citizens caught up in the strife that gripped Amritsar in 1919. Through telling the story of these young people, the story of the city itself is also told. A rich, vibrant city so well portrayed you can almost taste it. This is a masterful tale of love and loss, of falling, failing and dying, but also of hope' - aboutbooksforteens

'Oh hooray! An unusual book! City of Ghosts has some magic realism about it. It's also historical fiction. It's a love story. A ghost story. A critique of colonialism. And more. For this jaded reviewer, who spends a great deal of time reading books that fit into rather narrow genres - teen girl needs boyfriend, fantasy quester vanquishes beasts, vampires come to New York City - it came as a real breath of fresh air. Rai doesn't seem too bothered about focus here. He's done his research, his imagination has kicked in, and he's run with it. The result is a book that does take a little while to get into, but once you have, it's thoroughly absorbing.' - The Book Bag

Product Description
It's 1919 and Amritsar is a city on the brink of rebellion. Riots, violence and tension spill onto the streets ...Bissen Singh fought bravely for the British Empire during World War One. Now he waits patiently for news from England. Gurdial, a young orphan, is desperate to marry Sohni, the daughter of a rich and evil man. And Jeevan, Gurdial's oldest friend, is swept up in the revolution and changing beyond all recognition. Bissen, Gurdial and Jeevan are looking to the future whilst trying to escape ghosts from the past. But as the fight for Amritsar reaches a terrifying climax, their lives will be changed for ever.

About the Author
City of Ghosts is Bali Rai's seventh young adult novel with Random House. His first,(un)arrangedmarriage, created a huge amount of interest and won many awards, including the Angus Book Award and the Leicester Book of the Year. It was also shortlisted for the prestigious Branford Boase first novel award. Rani and Sukh and The Whisper were both shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize. Bali also writes the hugely popular Soccer Squad series for younger readers. Bali was born in Leicester where he still lives, writing full-time and visiting schools to talk about his books.

Product details

  • First Edition First Printing
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (2 Jul 2009)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 0385611692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385611695
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.4 x 4 cm


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