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The Indian Clerk

by David Leavitt

Gay Cambridge mathematician meets a self-educated Indian genius against authentic backdrop of first world war. Cultures collide and misunderstandings multiply. This book opens the door on a privileged world. As the reader, you are invited to take tea with a small elite to indulge in the gossip of the day and flex your academic muscle. The maths is a big part of the experience - and is both convincing and engaging - even for the uninitiated.

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'You mean,there are certain days when you would and when you wouldn't want to go to London?'
He waggles his head. 'Or change your rooms?' He is silent. 'Oh, I must sound horrible,' Alice says. 'As if I'm interrogating you. I don't mean to. You see, I'm not like the others, Mr Ramanujan. I really want to know.' She looks him in the eye. he meets her gaze; his eyelids flutter but he doesn't turn away.

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