The Prisoner of Bhopal

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The Prisoner of Bhopal

Tim Walker
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A gripping and magical novel set in India for readers aged 8+

Young readers will be fascinated by this moving and original story.

We were so intrigued by this book, which combines two of our favourite genres, historical and fantasy, with an incredible setting that takes the reader on a journey deep into modern India. The story delivers an important social message and stars a brave and hugely relatable lead character. All the ingredients of a brilliant middle garde read!


Amil has always dreamed of working at the modern, space-age pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, where he lives. Instead, on his tenth birthday, he is torn from his family and taken to work for Mr Kumar and his cruel son, Jalesh, in their dilapidated printing factory. There, hidden in a trunk, he finds a secret First World War journal. As its pages come to life, they reveal not only why Amil is there, but that he and the journal’s author – his great-grandfather, Sanjiv - share a magical gift: they can read the wind. Its purpose remains a mystery until, one terrible night, the pesticide plant leaks poison gas into the air above Bhopal . . .

Tim Walker was born in Nottingham and lives with his wife and their black and white cat in rural Kent. He turned to writing following a career as a graphic designer and is the author of three previous children’s novels.

Number of pages: 272
Reading age guide: 8 to 12 years
Publication date: 7th March 2024
Publisher: Andersen Press
ISBN: 9781839133732
Format: Paperback

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Customer Reviews

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Edward De La Rue
An amazing book about WW1

It is an amazing story about the hardships of life in India after WW1. You can really connect to Sanjiv’s story and it makes your heart sore when Amil learns how to read the wind. It is a lovely book and it shows the cruelty in which some factory owners treated their employees back then. I love this book and will definitely recommend it to my friends. It is a top tier read and a must read book for 9 to 11 year olds!