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The Fishing Fleet: Husband-Hunting in the Raj

The Fishing Fleet: Husband-Hunting in the Raj

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by Anne de Courcy

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From the author of the critically acclaimed biographies Diana Mosley and The Viceroy's Daughters comes a fascinating, hugely entertaining account of the Victorian women who traveled halfway around the world on the hunt for a husband.

By the late nineteenth century, Britain's colonial reign seemed to know no limit—and India was the

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The Fishing Fleet : Husband-Hunting in the Raj 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished this book in hardback. Really well written. Informative but also engaging. The book covered a lot of British manners and customs in India during the early 1900s. Odd, sad and funny stories of young women trying to find husbands. A+++++++
ljethrogibbs46 More than 1 year ago
A fascinating book about a bygone era.  My greatgrandfather & grandmother Stewart were a small part of the Raj in India, he as a Command Sgt. Major in the Royal Scots Regiment (the oldest in the British Army) & she as a regimental nurse.  She later wrote a small journal of her time there:  rides through jungles, finding cobra skins under her bed, spending a night at the Taj Mahal before embarking for England.  They served in India in the late 1800's at the height of British power in the country.   I  was not aware of the complex codes of conduct, rank, station, &  rules for everyday life which prevailed.  Thrusting these young women into such an alien environment with virtually no preparation had devastating consequences for many.  it's hard for us today to imagine their grit & determination to stay the course & "just get on with it" as so many did.s
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