“The Communist Cookbook” Book Talk

April 5th, 2018

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

As the Second World War draws to a close, George Clark finds himself posted to Bajapur to begin his life with the British Army. Worn out and broken-hearted, it isn’t long before he is caught up in an impossible tangle. When George is tasked with spying on local nationalist activists in a bid to curry favour with the paranoid, communist-obsessed Captain Dennis Porter, he is not only forced to betray his close friend Deborah Sunderland, but his new love Anna Benson too. Only Anna can infiltrate the local Congress networks to extract the information that George is required to turn up. Set amidst the political unrest of India in the 1940s, The Communist Cookbook is a compelling tale of espionage and divided loyalties.


Suggested admission: $10 Members, $15 Non-Members. Please register here. Light refreshments will be served before the authors talk and book signing.

“Bring your paid receipt for the book from amazon or other bookseller and receive a signed bookplate from the author.”


A long-standing fascination with creative writing and history led to the publication of Sharmishtha Roy Chowdhury’s historical fiction novel The Communist Cookbook, a work of historical fiction set in India during World War II. Sharmishtha is a writer and trained historian. She was born in the tiny town of Pathankot, India, on the India-Pakistan border and lived and studied in many parts of India. In addition to a scholarly book on Britain, India and World War I, she is currently working on a second historical fiction novel set in British India during its 1947 Partition, a bloody prelude to Independence. She has lived in Westport for the last 18 years and has taught history at both the University of Connecticut and at Emerson College, Boston.