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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
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.
Interesting Glimpse of an Unknown World
- By Alison on 31-07-14
A Fascinating Account of a Different Era
The Raj conjures up a picture of wealth and mystery to me, but this interesting book relates the lives of those who lived in India during this time. Taken from letters and documents of the time it shows the variety of experience from rich to poor, from happy to sad, from induced to deprived of those who coped with sometimes, very difficult conditions. It was not only a time of privilege and opportunity but also one of hard decisions about separation and loneliness as well as happiness and fun. I found it to be an enlightening and informative listen.
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