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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

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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, 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 Anne de Courcy's sparkling narrative is enriched by a wealth of first-hand sources - unpublished memoirs, letters, diaries and photographs - which bring this forgotten era vividly to life.

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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