Nightrunners of Bengal
A magnificent novel from the author of Bhowani Junction.
First published in 1951, The Nightrunners of Bengal is one of John Masters’ series of seven novels which followed several generations of the Savage family serving in the British Army in India.
Nightrunners of Bengal focuses on the Indian Rebellion of 1857. The central character, Captain Rodney Savage, is an officer in a Bengal Native Infantry regiment, based in the fictional city of Bhowani. When rebellion breaks out, the British community in Bengal is shattered. Savage’s empathy for the Indians is shaken, as the British try to discover who is loyal to them and who is not. This was the first novel that Masters wrote in the series, though not the first novel chronologically, and alongside Bhowani Junction is one of his best-known works.
One of the great novels of India, Nightrunners of Bengal combines John Master’s mastery of story-telling with an intuitive sense of history.
“The best historical novel about the Indian Mutiny that I have ever read.”
John Raymond, ‘Sunday Times’
“One of the most unjustly neglected writers… magnificent storytelling.”
“Simply as gripping exotic tales, his books read splendidly still… but they deserve to be read also as a revelation to the young and a reminder to the old of a vanished world.”