Four and Twenty Blackbirds: The Insane Life of an English Smuggler in Bombay

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Author: Godfrey Joseph Pereira

9789354472176 | PB | pp. 296 | 2021 | Speaking Tiger

Based on true events, Four and Twenty Blackbirds is an utterly gripping novel. The disturbing, astonishing story of an Englishman who won everything but lost his soul on a no man’s land in the Arabian Sea.

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Midnight, 15 August 1947. As India’s tryst with destiny reverberated across the world, Charlie Strongbow, born in Bombay, a renegade Englishman, mercenary, philosopher and schizophrenic, began his own bizarre journey. While nascent India floundered and struggled, Charlie, along with an English goon called Thommo, a devious accountant named Willie, a vicious Portuguese temptress, Dona Maria, and twenty British desperadoes, took possession of Cross Island near the Bombay Docks. Here they functioned in illegal harmony, bound by no rules and no principles, and set about building a black-market trade between Southampton and Bombay.

There was no stopping Charlie?but for memories of his own past filled with the misery of childhood abuse and guilt at having abandoned his daughters. As he drank himself to senselessness and let his inner demons take over, Detective Desai, a man Charlie had destroyed, raised an unrelenting war against Cross Island. But the severest blow of all would be struck by Dona Maria…

Based on true events, Four and Twenty Blackbirds is an utterly gripping novel?the disturbing, astonishing story of an Englishman who won everything but lost his soul on a no man’s land in the Arabian Sea.

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Author:

Godfrey Joseph Pereira

ISBN:

9789354472176

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

296

Year of Publication:

2021

Publisher:

Speaking Tiger

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

Born in Pali Village, Bombay, Godfrey Joseph Pereira finished High School at Saint Andrew’s School. He graduated from college with a degree in English Literature and Philosophy. What followed was a career in journalism. He was Assistant Editor at Society Magazine, Principal Correspondent at Sunday Magazine and India Today, and worked as a War Correspondent covering the First Gulf War from Israel. His first novel Bloodline Bandra was published by HarperCollins in 2014. The novel made the Top Ten’ List at Oxford Bookstore. His novel Four and Twenty Blackbirds is a work of historical fiction. He has lived and worked as a journalist in New York City and New Jersey and now works and resides in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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