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Booker prize - Amitav Ghosh


The winner of the Man Booker Prize will be announced in a few days. One of those nominated is India's best known writers, Amitav Ghosh. His latest book, Sea of Poppies, is a historical novel set in the mid-19th Century, just before the first opium war between Britain and China. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones talks to Amitav Ghosh about the book, which is set on board a tall-masted sailing ship, the Ibis.

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