The Singapore Grip, by J.G. Farrell

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The Singapore Grip 001I was looking forward to reading The Singapore Grip but I was disappointed by it.  I paid a small fortune for it in British postage costs when I belonged to an online Booker Prize reading group … we had chosen The Siege of Krishnapur as a book for discussion but I couldn’t buy it here in Australia. (Yes, this was before the Book Depository existed and when the fledgling Amazon focussed on US titles).  In for a penny, in for a pound, I thought, and I bought the entire Empire Trilogy comprising Troubles (1970); The Siege of Krishnapur (1973); and The Singapore Grip (1978).  The novels explore the decline of the British Empire with wry humour, and not without schadenfreude.  (Farrell was Liverpool-born, but of Irish ancestry).   

The Siege of Krishnapur won the Booker in 1973, and it was also shortlisted for Best of the Booker in 2008.  It’s a great book, not least…

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