Illustrated by Oliver Hurst
Introduced by Jan Morris
Kipling's masterpiece: a panoramic portrait of India and a coming-of-age spy story. Newly illustrated by Oliver Hurst.
The orphaned son of an Irish soldier stationed in India, Kimball O’Hara has grown up indistinguishable from the street urchins of Lahore. Raised to believe that a great destiny awaits him, he befriends a Tibetan lama and joins him on his quest to free himself from ‘the Wheel of Things’ and discover the ‘River of the Arrow’. But, as their journey progresses, Kim finds himself caught up in the shadowy conflicts between the empires of Britain and Russia – the Great Game.
‘The very best picture of India by an English author’
- Nirad Chaudhuri
Kipling’s greatest novel, Kim was instrumental in winning him the 1907 Nobel Prize in Literature and reflects many of his own struggles with his Anglo-Indian identity. When finished, he said it had grown ‘like a Djinn released’. It is a love letter to India, depicting it as a place of inexhaustible life force and vast human, geographic and spiritual variety; but is also a gripping tale of espionage and counter-espionage. Above all, it is the story of an orphan boy growing up to become a master spy – all the while seeking to answer the question: ‘Who is Kim?’