The Fishing Fleet: Husband-Hunting in the Raj

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Log In. Toggle navigation MENU. Email Address. An expert researcher brings the romantic Raj era to colorful life.

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

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 Anne de Courcy's sparkling narrative is enriched by a wealth of first-hand sources - unpublished memoirs, letters, diaries and photographs - which bring this forgotten era vividly to life.

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Subtitle: Husband-hunting in the Raj "Getting engaged in the Raj was sometimes a bit like speed-dating. Often minds were made up and a lifelong commitment to another human being promised after only a Anne de Courcy is a well-known writer and journalist.


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In the s she was Woman's Editor on the London Evening News and in the s she was a regular feature-writer for the Evening Standard.

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