The sequel to the bestselling, Booker-shortlisted, SEA OF POPPIES. The second in the Ibis trilogy, this sweeping historical saga opens in Mauritius and follows characters both old and new as they journey by boat to China with the Opium war a constant backdrop to their travels. RIVER OF SMOKE gives a fascinating historical window into the opium wars and shocking colonial exploits in the East. It's a wonderful page-turner, featuring an exotic setting, and covering universal themes. 'Ghosh's narrative is enriched with a wealth of historical detail... as well as intricate characterisation' - THE TIMES.