Born in Sri Lanka, author Michael Ondaatje moved to England as a child and then to Canada where he still lives today. A playwright, novelist, poet and author of non-fiction he began writing with the memoir Running in the Family and published several collections of poetry before turning to fiction.
He is best-known for his 1992 novel The English Patient which was the joint winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction and was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film of the same name. . In 2018, The English Patient won a public poll to award the Golden Man Booker Prize – celebrating the best Booker Prize winning novel of the last fifty years. His other works include Anil’s Ghost (a novel of late twentieth-century Sri Lanka), The Cat’s Table and the 2018 novel Warlight.
In a narrative as mysterious as memory itself - at once both shadowed and luminous - Warlight is a vivid, thrilling novel of violence and love, intrigue and desire.
It is 1945, and London is still reeling from the Blitz and years of war. 14-year-old Nathaniel and his sister, Rachel, are apparently abandoned by their parents, left in the care of an enigmatic figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and grow both more convinced and less concerned as they get to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women with a shared history, all of whom seem determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be?
A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all he didn't know or understand in that time, and it is this journey - through reality, recollection, and imagination - that is told in this magnificent novel.