Philip Meadows Taylor's Confessions of a Thug (1839) is the most influential novel about India and was one of the best-selling crime novels of the nineteenth century. In the course of a confession to a white 'sahib' the imprisoned Ameer Ali recounts his life as a devoted follower of Thuggee, a secret religious cult practising ritual mass murder and robbery.
Introducing a new standard of ethnographic realism to western fiction about India, Confessions of a Thug is a strikingly vivid, chilling and immensely readable thriller.
This unique critical edition makes available a fascinating and significant work of Empire writing; a spine-tingling tale of crime of the Thugs of Hindostan.
Rohan Govenkar is a BSc in Geology, and handles a family business. He is also a social worker and is involved in many causes mainly pertaining to the welfare of Goa and its people. Though Rohan has no formal education in English literature, he is a self-taught creative writer who has perused dozens of books about creative writing and attended several workshops. Rohan is an active social media blogger, and manages a Facebook page called Goa + which has a following of 66,000 members. His writing career began with his first book ‘1000 Kilograms of Goa’ which has been a huge success in Goa.