Between the covers: Karna’s Wheel by Michael Tobert

I love a good historical fiction and this week I checked out Karna’s Wheel by Michael Tobert.


Secrets present. Secrets past. Secrets in India, where Stephen’s grandfather is a lowly functionary in the engine room of the Raj. Secrets at home, held tightly by Stephen’s half-Indian, half-Scottish mother. Only by uncovering what has been hidden can Stephen win Julia, a woman with secrets of her own… 

Set in St Andrews, Scotland before the millennium; among the early-Twentieth century jute mills of Dundee; in the industrial underbelly of colonial Calcutta and on the epic plains of ancient India, Karna’s Wheel is a poignant story about love, inheritance, and the things which make us what we are.

‘Karna’s Wheel is compelling, multi-layered and beautifully written.’
Chris Given-Wilson, shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017

About the author

MICHAEL TOBERT went to Oxford University, started a publishing company of sorts and lives in Scotland where he and his wife have built a Montessori nursery school at the bottom of their garden. She, and others, nurture the children while he scythes the nettles and whispers encouragement to the wild flowers.  For more, please go to

My thoughts

Karna’s Wheel is a beautifully written book; it’s fascinating and is set in Dundee and colonial Calcutta.  I wasn’t so keen on the parts that read as a script as such; I found these parts difficult to follow, however the book as a whole is a good read.  It’s interesting – I liked the way it talks about class and colonial rule across various time periods and it’s a must read if history is your thing.

You can check out Karna’a Wheel on Amazon UK here 🙂


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