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Loot with Tania James, a Mr B’s Event

31 January @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

Mr B’s are thrilled to welcome author Tania James from across the pond to discuss her incredible new novel, Loot – an epic tale of plundered treasure, savage empire and a young man’s dream to make his mark on the world in eighteenth century India and beyond.

Based around the creation of Tipu’s Tiger (a magnificent musical wooden tiger currently on display at the V&A Museum).

About Loot:

Meet Abbas. Woodcarver, toy maker, dreamer.

Abbas is seventeen when he is whisked away to Tipu Sultan’s glorious palace in Mysore. Apprenticed to the clockmaker Monsieur Du Leze, he is ordered to create an ingenious musical tiger to delight Tipu’s sons. In the eccentric Du Leze, Abbas finds an unexpected friend who encourages his skill and hunger for learning, and through whom he also meets the unforgettable Jehanne, who has questions and ambitions of her own.

But when British soldiers attack and loot Mysore, Abbas’s world is turned upside down and his prized tiger is shipped off to a country estate in England. In order to carve out his place in the world, he must follow. A hero’s quest, a love story, an exuberant heist novel that traces the bloody legacy of colonialism across the world, Loot is a dazzling, wildly inventive and irresistible feat of storytelling from a writer at the height of her powers.

Loot held me spellbound from the first page. This is an expertly-plotted, deeply affecting novel about war, displacement, emigration, and an elusive mechanical tiger. — Maggie O’Farrell

A novel of wonder and terror and beauty – I was completely captivated by it. — Kamila Shamsie

I read Loot in a single sitting; it is a wild, dazzling eighteenth-century romp across continents with profound things to say about invention and self-reinvention, class and fate, and the deeply human hunger to create family as both bulwark against loneliness and constant source of light and warmth. — Lauren Groff

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