Amitav Ghosh is a prizewinning Indian novelist whose books have been recommended many times on Five Books. Born in Calcutta, he grew up in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and studied in Delhi, Oxford and Alexandria.
Books by Amitav Ghosh
Interviews where books by Amitav Ghosh were recommended
From 2001 to 2003, Cassie Knight lived and worked in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, managing a humanitarian aid program after the 1999 civil war. Here, she recommends books on aid work, and its realities as well as inspiring books about it.
The author and Senior Conservator of the University of London’s Senate House Library discusses books on Indian Journeys. Interesting selections that offer good insights into the authors themselves
In time of economic crisis, studying the past can teach us much about the world economy today, says economic historian Emma Rothschild.
The acclaimed author recommends the most exciting new writing out of India and South Asia, including accounts of 9/11 from a Pakistani perspective and an emigré’s return to an unfamiliar Bangladesh.
The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable
by Amitav Ghosh
Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization
by Roy Scranton
Love in the Anthropocene
by Bonnie Nadzam & Dale Jamieson
The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression
by Angus Burgin
The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy
by Michael E Mann & Tom Toles
‘We’re on a path that is going to lead to tremendous destruction and yet most of us are going about our lives as if nothing particularly special is happening.’ The science of climate change is incontrovertible but deniers persist and political and economic solutions continue to be – systematically – frustrated. Time is running out, says Naomi Oreskes
As the world’s biggest democracy, India could be an inspiring example of how a multiethnic, multilingual country with many different religions can come together to form a vibrant state with equality enshrined in its constitution. But all that is in danger of going down the drain, as the country transforms into a brutally exclusionary Hindu-supremacist state under the leadership of Narendra Modi, says Kapil Komireddi, essayist and author of Malevolent Republic: A Short History of the New India. Here, he talks us through how the country got to where it is now and recommends five books that present a “comprehensive picture” of contemporary India.