Asking the deep questions

The Last Hangman by Shashi Warrier, published in hardback by Atlantic Books, priced �12.99 (ebook �5.87). Available now. PA Photo/Atlantic Books.

The Last Hangman by Shashi Warrier, published in hardback by Atlantic Books, priced �12.99 (ebook �5.87). Available now. PA Photo/Atlantic Books.

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Economist and software specialist turned author Shashi Warrier’s The Last Hangman is set in south India, where he grew up. It is the story of a retired hangman who is visited by a writer interested in producing his biography.

To help the writer, he suggests the hangman put pen to paper to describe his life. Through his diary entries, the reader learns about every aspect of the hangman’s work.

Through the hangman’s eyes, the book ultimately asks what it means to end a life. Its only flaw is that with the hangman talking about his life in the present tense and then in diary form, on occasion details are repeated.