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The Fishing Fleet: Husband-Hunting in the Raj
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Anne De Courcy
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The Fishing Fleet: Husband-Hunting in the Raj

Anne De Courcy


9780062290083

Harper Perennial


History;
Asian history


Paperback

384 pages

$29.95
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By the late nineteenth century, Britain's colonial reign seemed to know no limit--and India was the sparkling jewel in the Imperial crown. Many of Her Majesty's best and brightest young men departed for the Raj to make their careers, and their fortunes, as bureaucrats, soldiers, and businessmen. But in their wake they left behind countless young ladies who, suddenly bereft of eligible bachelors, found themselves facing an uncertain future. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, some of these women decided to follow suit and abandon their native Britain for India's exotic glamour and--with men outnumbering women by roughly four to one in the Raj--the best chance they had at finding a husband.

Drawing on a wealth of firsthand sources, including unpublished memoirs, letters, photographs, and diaries, Anne de Courcy brings the incredible world of the Fishing Fleet, as these women were known, to life. In these sparkling pages, she describes the glittering whirlwind of dances, parties, tennis tournaments, tiger shoots, and palatial banquets that awaited in the Raj, all geared toward the prospect of romance. Most of the girls were away from home for the first time, and they plunged headlong into the heady dazzle of expatriate social life; marriages were frequent. However, after the honeymoon many women were confronted with a reality that was far from the fairy tale they'd been chasing.

Rich with drama and color, The Fishing Fleet is a sumptuous, utterly compelling real-life saga of adventure, romance, and heartbreak in the heyday of the British Empire.

By:   Anne De Courcy
Imprint:   Harper Perennial
Dimensions:   Height: 211mm,  Width: 127mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   272g
ISBN:   9780062290083
ISBN 10:   0062290088
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   March 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active


Journalist De Courcy provides a fascinating account--not quite gossipy but loaded with juicy anecdotes--of adventurous women sailing for the subcontinent in the 19th and early 20th centuries to fulfill their destinies as wives. -- Publishers Weekly

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