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This is selected as a Book of the Year 2016 by the Spectator. 'It began with a spark.' A house is burning. Its six tenants include a failed priest, a naturalist, a neurosurgeon and an invalid dreaming of his anxious boyhood. Their landlord's relationship to them is both intimate and shadowy. At times he shares their preoccupations and memories. He will also share their fate. In Night of Fire the passions and obsessions of these unquiet lives reach beyond the dying house that holds them. Ranging from an African refugee camp to the cremation-grounds of India, their memories mutate and criss-cross in a vel of lingering beauty and mystery.
Colin Thubron is an acknowledged master of travel writing, and the author of six award-winning novels. He has been numbered among 'the current masters of the short novel' (TLS), and called 'one of our most compelling contemporary novelists' (Independent), as well as writing the classic travel books, Behind the Wall (winner of the Hawthornden Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel Award), The Lost Heart of Asia, In Siberia (Prix Bouvier) and Shadow of the Silk Road (all available in Vintage). In 2010, Colin Thubron became President of the Royal Society of Literature. Fire is his seventh novel.