Deborah Baker with Kanishk Tharoor
Where: Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton St.
718-246-0200 Price: Free
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Pulitzer Prize finalist (and Greenlight neighbor) Deborah Baker presents her latest book— a sumptuous biographical saga, both intimate and epic, about the glory days of Himalayan exploration and the waning of the British Empire in India. Set in Calcutta, London, the glacier-locked wilds of the Karakoram, and on Everest itself, The Last Englishmen is the story of a generation: of Indian and English writers and artists, explorers and Communist spies, Die Hards and Indian nationalists, political rogues and police informers. At the center of this exhilarating drama is geologist John Auden, explorer Michael Spender, and painter Nancy Sharp—and the love triangle between the three. Dense with romance and intrigue, and of startling relevance for the great power games of our own day, Baker’s The Last Englishmen is an engrossing story that traces the end of empire and the stirring of a new world order. Baker presents her latest book in conversation with Kanishk Tharoor, writer, broadcaster, and author of Swimmer Among the Stars. A signing and Q&A follow the discussion.