The Patient Assassin: A True Tale of Massacre, Revenge, and India's Quest for Independence

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Scribner Book Company
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5.5 X 8.3 X 1.1 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Anita Anand is an award-winning broadcast journalist and currently hosts BBC Radio 4's Any Answers? Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, India Today, and The Asian Age. In addition to The Patient Assassin, she is the author of Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary and coauthor of Koh-i-Noor: The History of the World's Most Infamous Diamond.


"Ms. Anand's narrative is vividly realized in the face of her subject's hazy, underground existence... [Her] 'Patient Assassin' mixes Tom Ripley's con-man-for-all-seasons versatility with Edmond Dantès's persistence...Engaging reading."
--Wall Street Journal
"A gripping, multifaceted tale of India in the twilight years of the British Empire, about Udham Singh, who bided his time for twenty years until he could exact revenge for the 1919 British massacre of Indians in a public garden...Anand diligently follows the circuitous trail of Singh's life, piecing together his various aliases, addresses, jobs, and international travels...This vivid and meticulously researched account will have readers riveted."
--Publishers Weekly
"A carefully reconstructed story of political murder that began to unfold a century ago... Anand painstakingly follows [Udham] Singh's long path from the killing fields of India to the Houses of Parliament and that climactic moment... telling, and very well done."
--Kirkus Reviews
"Reads like something from a thriller...colourful, detailed and meticulously researched...the book really shines in evoking the fevered atmosphere of India in the late 1910s and early 1920s.'"
--Sunday Times (UK)
"Brilliantly researched...Anand focuses on one extraordinary story that had never been properly told before."
--William Dalrymple, The Spectator

"Briskly plotted, scrupulously even-handed and altogether riveting."
--John Preston Daily Mail
"A dramatic, fast-paced narrative...Anand produces an engaging account of the times and of this unlikely hero. And though gripped by her subject, she does not shirk away from his human failings."
--Manu Pillai, New Statesman
New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice

"A revealing look at the brutality and oppression of British rule, and how it seeded the desire for retribution in the hearts of so many Indians. . . . Anand does a stellar job of sketching Singh's trajectory from orphanage to hangman's noose, and from obscurity into the pantheon of Indian heroes. . . . Compelling, vivid prose."
--New York Times Book Review
"A jaw-dropping true story....Like a real-life Tom Ripley, [the assassin of this tale] assumed multiple identities and bided his time....Rough justice; brutally poetic."
--Richard Madeley, The Spectator

"Gripping from start to finish. Anita Anand is a brilliant guide who brings a series of extraordinary--and important--stories to life in this remarkable history."
--Peter Frankopan, author of the international bestseller The Silk Roads: A New History of the World
"A great and riveting story... full of remarkable twists and mysteries."
--The Times (UK)