Umi will also be discussing the experience of Indian soldiers in the First World War and at the hospital at Brighton Pavilion. She will also be reading from her hugely captivating debut novel, Belonging, which has been hailed by Shiny New Books as ‘one of the most gripping, engrossing, heart-in-mouth novels I’ve read in 2015′ and which has just been shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award. Copies of Umi’s book will be available for purchase and signing on the day, or can be ordered prior to the event here.
This event is part of the annual, summer Brighton Festival, and is part of a series of events being ran by Nutkhut under the project name of Dr Blighty. In 1914, in the early months of history’s most unforgiving conflict, Britain found herself short of experienced soldiers. The onus to fill the void fell on the sons of Empire; Muslims, Sikhs and Hindu men left their homes for a journey to the darkest corner of earth – Europe’s Western Front. Tales of their sacrifice and valor lived long. Many of the men did not. Many more were wounded, and it is their story Dr Blighty tells, showing how the fashionable promenades of Brighton became the footpaths to recovery for thousands of wounded soldiers from the Indian subcontinent.
No booking is required for this FREE event, however we do encourage you to arrive early in order to secure a good seat.