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  • The Fishing Fleet

  • Husband-Hunting in the Raj
  • By: Anne de Courcy
  • Narrated by: Greta Scacchi
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

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.

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  • Interesting Glimpse of an Unknown World

  • By Alison on 31-07-14

A Different World

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Reviewed: 31-05-14

Would you listen to The Fishing Fleet again? Why?

So much of the content seemed so strange, that I could do with a second hearing. I have always enjoyed reading about India, and about the lives of women, and about history; this book combines all three.

What other book might you compare The Fishing Fleet to, and why?

Cannot think of another book quite like this

Have you listened to any of Greta Scacchi’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have not heard her read before. Her voice seemed perfect for conveying the experiences of British women.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, made me laugh; some of the anecdotes were very funny. Some of the incidents were incredible. Most of all I marvelled at the courage of these women, the attitudes of the British as colonists, and the exotic setting of that vast country, India.

Any additional comments?

A wonderfully thorough survey of many diaries, journals and books, with memories of life in India in previous centuries.

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