By Anne de Courcy
From the writer of the severely acclaimed biographies Diana Mosley and The Viceroy's Daughters comes a desirable, highly wonderful account of the Victorian ladies who traveled midway around the globe at the hunt for a husband.
By the past due 19th century, Britain's colonial reign looked as if it would comprehend no limit—and India used to be the gleaming jewel within the Imperial crown. lots of Her Majesty's top and brightest younger males departed for the Raj to make their careers, and their fortunes, as bureaucrats, infantrymen, and businessmen. yet of their wake they left in the back of numerous younger women who, all at once bereft of eligible bachelors, stumbled on themselves dealing with an doubtful future.
With not anything to lose and every little thing to achieve, a few of these girls determined to stick with swimsuit and abandon their local Britain for India's unique glamor and—with males outnumbering girls by means of approximately 4 to at least one within the Raj—the top likelihood they'd at discovering a man.
Drawing on a wealth of firsthand resources, together with unpublished memoirs, letters, pictures, and diaries, Anne de Courcy brings the really good global of "the Fishing Fleet," as those ladies have been identified, to lifestyles. In those gleaming pages, she describes the glittering whirlwind of dances, events, novice theatricals, picnics, tennis tournaments, cinemas, tiger shoots, and palatial banquets that awaited within the Raj, all aimed toward the possibility of romance. many of the ladies have been clear of domestic for the 1st time, they usually plunged headlong into the heady dazzle of expatriate social lifestyles; marriages have been frequent.
However, after the honeymoon many girls have been faced with a truth that was once faraway from the fairy story they'd been chasing. along with her signature diligence and sensitivity, de Courcy seems past the attract of the Raj to inform the genuine tales of those marriages outfitted on comfort and unwieldy expectancies. better halves have been whisked away to far-off outposts with few different Europeans for corporation. Transplanted to remoted plantations and distant cities, they persevered warmth, boredom, ache, disease, and motherhood faraway from widely used comforts—a a long way cry from the mystical global they have been promised upon arrival.
Rich with drama and colour, The Fishing Fleet is a luxurious, totally compelling real-life saga of event, romance, and heartbreak within the heyday of the British Empire.