Sunil Sethi: Best bookshelf of 2015

Sunil Sethi

Turbulence in love and war were the two main themes explored in many of the year's best books. But as in many a recent year, the quality and range of non-fiction far outpaced that of fiction in 2015. The major novel that sticks in memory is the final part of Amitav Ghosh's Ibis trilogy, Flood of Fire (Penguin; Rs 799), another deep immersion in 19th century colonial history set against the backdrop of the First Opium War. Some of the characters of the earlier books are still here, such as the American sailor Zachary Reid and the Bengali feudal Raja Neel Rattan Halder, while others, ...