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A propulsive retelling inspired by the Greek myth of Medea.


Calcutta, 1757.

Bengal is on the brink of war. The East India Company, led by the fearsome Sir Peter Chilcott, are advancing and nobody is safe. Meena, the Nawab's neglected and abused daughter, finds herself falling under the spell of James Chilcott, nephew of Sir Peter, who claims he wants to betray the company... for a price.

Caught between friend and foe, Meena and James escape Calcutta, their hands stained in blood and pockets filled with gold. In Ceylon, they're cleansed of their sins by Meena's beloved aunt Kiran, before the young lovers set sail for the Dutch controlled Cape of Good Hope, with the promise of a new life. Yet past resentments and present betrayals begin to pile up as they struggle to overcome their differences.

And as Meena yet again finds herself in a foreign land without anyone to turn to, she is forced to find out what she is willing to sacrifice when love turns to hate. The perfect read for fans of The Song of Achilles, Ariadne and Pandora.

Savage Beasts by Rani Selvarajah

  • Format: Paperback 

    ISBN: 9780008556280

    Imprint: One More Chapter

  • 'Absorbing and thoughtful...full of page-turning drama and vibrantly drawn characters. Bold and illuminating' – Claire Heywood, author of Daughters of Sparta.


    'A clever and compassionate retelling of the Medea myth... an ending worthy of the great Greek playwrights' – Laura Shepperson, author of The Heroines.


    'Mythic, rageful and timely... a devastating must-read' Tasha Suri, author of The Jasmine Throne.


    'A vivid picture of a dark and difficult world... an emotional journey of a woman's strength and determination despite all the odds' – Siya Turabi, author of The Last Beekeeper.

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