Cauvery Madhavan: The Tainted

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Saturday 10 July 2021

12:00 pm


Bantry House

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Cauvery Madhavan's novel The Tainted is based on a true story of the Irish Connaught Rangers in south-east India in 1920. Cauvery will read from it today and will be in conversation with Elizabeth Rose Murray

Admission: €10

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Based on a true story of the Irish Connaught Rangers in south-east India in 1920, Cauvery Madhavan‘s novel The Tainted is set in the fictional town of Nandagiri. Colonel Aylmer, commander of the Royal Irish Kildare Rangers, is in charge.  A distance away, decently hidden from view lies the native part of Nandagiri with its heaving bazaar, reeking streets and brothels. Everyone knows their place and the part they were born to play – with one exception. The local Anglo-Indians, tainted by their mixed blood, belong… nowhere. When news of the Black and Tans’ atrocities back in Ireland reaches the troops in India, even their priest cannot cool the men’s rage. Politics vie with passion as Private Flaherty pays court to Rose, Mrs Aylmer’s Anglo-Indian maid…  but mutiny brings heroism and heartbreak in equal measure.


‘If she hadn’t written this book I might have been tempted to have a go at it but now she has done it brilliantly. A wonderful book by a wonderful writer!’ Sebastian Barry


Tickets for this event will go on sale by phone only 02752788 on Tuesday 6 July at 12 noon and will be sold in pods of 2 tickets. Capacity for this event is very limited and further instructions regarding Covid-19 compliance will be sent to ticketholders. Attendance is for ticketholders only. This event will take place outdoors and socially distant seating will be provided.


Cauvery Madhavan

Cauvery Madhavan was born in India and moved to Ireland thirty-three years ago. She is the author of three books of fiction – Paddy Indian, The Uncoupling and The Tainted...

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Elizabeth Rose Murray

Elizabeth Rose Murray writes in multiple genres for children, young adults, and adult audiences. Her books include three books for children, The Book of Learning – Nine Lives Trilogy 1...

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