We had a very good launch for this down in Oxford and there is currently an exhibition on at the V&A featuring the illustrations from the Mughal Emperor Akbar's favourite stories in the Hamzanama which feature in THE MINIATURIST. the reviews which have come in so far have been excellent: 'THE MINIATURIST shows him to be a master of his craft.....his novel is a cut-glass superstructure, as sumptuous as the imperial pleasure domes that he describes, and crafted with the miniaturist's wizardry.'Alistair Sooke, THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 'THE MINIATURIST is every bit as perfect and detailed as a Mughal painting should be. Well crafted in all its details of colour and texture, it is a craftsman's intensely passionate creation.'Mithu Banerji, THE OBSERVER 'Ultimately, Basu's is not a historical novel in the conventional sense either. Itsearly sections, do however, display the imprimatur of authenticity and the diligent scholarship of an outsider from another Indian tradition.... Like theMughal miniaturists, Basu surrounds the central figure with exquisitely intricate incidental detail.'Aamer Hussein, THE INDEPENDENT 'Baus is a miniaturist himself, bringing many lives into 200-odd pages and producing a rich tale of artistic and erotic obsession.TIME OUT 'richly detailed..... Basu keeps us intrigued by his hero and by the exotic world that creates and destroys him.THE SUNDAY TIMES 'a lush beautifully written book.'THE SUNDAY TRIBUNE 'there are many wonderful sequences in this novel. Basu has a wide and sympathetic mind that enlivens historical research. The description of Bihzad's paintings are compelling and the renunciations of his final years is moving.'Royce Mahawatte, THE TLS and one of the GOOD BOOK GUIDE 'This is an absorbing adventure through a fabled realm, an enthralling combination of fast-moving plot and a subtle examination of the real meaning of art' 'This novel is a delicious 16th century blend of the Mongols, Turks, Persians, Afghans, Christians, Hindus,Muslims, Sufis, wine, opium, friendship, lust and love. A heady brew, definitely worth the calories.'India Today 'The novel is steeped in intrigue and passion...it awakens the inertia of readers immersed in the cliches of a lot ofmodern Indian fiction. (Basu's) manipulation of history, art, and time, of facts and of fiction emerge in this neat little book, which indeed is a gem. This year should be the year of The Miniaturist.'Times of India 'The Miniaturist is rather like a Mughal miniature itself - small, vivid and perfectly craft
A dazzling second novel set in 16th century India, telling the story of the greatest of all miniature painters.