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The Fishing Fleet

Husband-Hunting in the Raj
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The untold stories of the young women who went out to India during the Raj in search of husbands.From the late 19th century, when the Raj was at its height, many of Britain's best and brightest young men went out to India to work as administrators, soldiers and businessmen. With the advent of steam travel and the opening of the Suez Canal, countless young women, suffering at the lack of eligible men in Britain,...mehr
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InhaltThe untold stories of the young women who went out to India during the Raj in search of husbands.From the late 19th century, when the Raj was at its height, many of Britain's best and brightest young men went out to India to work as administrators, soldiers and businessmen. With the advent of steam travel and the opening of the Suez Canal, countless young women, suffering at the lack of eligible men in Britain, followed in their wake. This amorphous band was composed of daughters returning after their English education, girls invited to stay with married sisters or friends, and yet others whose declared or undeclared goal was simply to find a husband. They were known as the Fishing Fleet, and this book is their story, hitherto untold. For these young women, often away from home for the first time, one thing they could be sure of was a rollicking good time. By the early twentieth century, a hectic social scene was in place, with dances, parties, amateur theatricals, picnics, tennis tournaments, cinemas, gymkhanas with perhaps a tiger shoot and a glittering dinner at a raja's palace thrown in. And, with men outnumbering women by roughly four to one, romances were conducted at alarming speed and marriages were frequent. But after the honeymoon life often changed dramatically: whisked off to a remote outpost with few other Europeans for company and where constant vigilance was required to guard against disease, they found it a far cry from the social whirlwind of their first arrival. Anne de Courcy's sparkling narrative is enriched by a wealth of first-hand sources - unpublished memoirs, letters, diaries and photographs - which bring this forgotten era vividly to life.
ZusatztextDe Courcey examines the thrills and glamour and the post-honeymoon reality of life on the remote outposts.
ZusammenfassungThe untold stories of the young women who went out to India in search of marriage.
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ISBN/GTIN978-0-297-86382-3
ProduktartBuch
EinbandartGebunden
Erscheinungsjahr2012
Erscheinungsdatum12.07.2012
Seiten352 Seiten
SpracheEnglisch
MasseBreite 160 mm, Höhe 239 mm, Dicke 32 mm
Gewicht660 g
Artikel-Nr.15695127
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KategorieGeschichte

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VorwortThe untold stories of the young women who went out to India during the Raj in search of husbands.
KritikThis book is highly evocative... De Courcy takes the reader through an enchanted world THE GUARDIAN 20120714 The Fishing Fleet is an entertaining, richly detailed account of a world that vanished overnight in 1947 with independence THE SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE 20120715

Über den Autor

Anne de Courcy is a well-known writer and journalist. In the 1970s she was Woman's Editor on the London Evening News and in the 1980s she was a regular feature-writer for the Evening Standard. She is also a former feature writer and reviewer for the Daily Mail. Her recent books include THE VICEROY'S DAUGHTERS and DEBS AT WAR.Go to www.annedecourcy.com for more information.

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