The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
Atlantic Books, London 2008
Bound by  Glenn Bartley

Bound in full crimson & yellow Harmatan goatskin with onlays of navy blue goatskin and vellum. Doublures and flyleaves of Khadi Indian handmade paper. All edges airbrush coloured in magenta acrylic. Gold and blind tooling with areas of recessed white acrylic.

Protective box of grey buckram with felt linings, lettered in gold to recessed panel on spine.

Balram Halwai, The White Tiger, is the desperate narrator and anti hero of this satirical novel set in today's 'new' India. He begins in the rural 'darkness', a world of landlord and peasant. And when he escapes to the 'light' of the cities, it is into a world of servants and masters.

When luck and a ruthless eye land him a driving job in New Delhi with one of the landlords' families, he gradually seizes the (immoral) opportunity to break away from his lot in life.

‘ My design seeks to represent Balram's gradual emergence from the 'darkness' to the 'light', with blood on his hands.’