Manohar Malgonkar (Marathi: मनोहर माळगांवकर; 12 July 1913 – 14 June 2010) was an Indian author of both fiction and nonfiction in the English language.


Malgonkar was born into a royal family, and educated at Bombay University. He was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Maratha Light Infantry, a big game hunter, a civil servant, a mine owner and a farmer, and he also stood for parliament. Most of that activity was during the build-up to Indian independence and its aftermath, often the settings for his works. The socio-historical milieux of those times form the backdrop of his novels, which are usually of action and adventure. He also wrote non-fiction, including biography and history.

Malgonkar lived in a remote bungalow, at some distance from the town of uttar kannada joida taloq Karnataka. His only child Sunita, who was educated at the famous Lawrence School, Sanawar, died in 1998.


The list of works below is not complete.

For many years, Malgonkar wrote a weekly column covering a wide range of topics, which was published in Indian newspapers like The Statesman and Deccan Herald. Most of his books were published in India by Orient Paperbacks or by Rupa Paperbacks.


Historical accounts

  • A Teller of Tales
  • Spy in Amber
  • Shalimar
  • The Garland Keepers
  • Bandicoot Run
  • Cactus Country
  • A Toast in Warm Wine
  • In Uniform
  • Bombay Beware
  • Rumble-Tumble
  • Four Graves and Other Stories
  • Inside Goa
  • Dropping Names
  • Garland Keepers
  • The Men Who Killed Gandhi