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Cauvery Madhavan ‘The Tainted’

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Cauvery Madhavan’s meticulous new novel is based on the aftermath of a real-life mutiny by the Connaught Rangers eney – ‘Cauvery Madhavan’s evocative narrative spins together the intriguing lives of her characters over nearly seven decades and makes The Tainted a riveting read.

This novel is inspired by the real-life mutiny of the Connaught Rangers in India in 1920 in protest at the behaviour of the Black and Tans during the War of Independence. It is divided into two sections, the first set in the 1920s and ’30s, and the second in India in 1982.


Award winning writer Cauvery Madhavan was born in India and moved to Ireland thirty seven years ago. Her first two books, Paddy Indian and The Uncoupling, (Penguin India and BlackAmber, UK) were published to wide critical acclaim.
Her latest novel, The Tainted, (HopeRoad, UK and Speaking Tiger, India) was chosen by Laureate Sebastian Barry for his Laureate Picks 2020. In the same year, it was also one of An Post Book Awards’ Top Five Summer Reads . The book was awarded the runner-up prize in SAHR Prize for Military Fiction and chosen by The Times, UK, for their list of top 40 Historical Fiction novels.
Cauvery was a proud ambassador for the Play It Forward Fellowship and served as a judge for the Irish Novel Fair 2022. She is also on the Board of Directors for Bewleys Cafe Theatre. She lives with her husband in County Kildare and is working on her fourth novel.