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Tea, Love and War - Searching for English roots in Assam by [Mitchell, David ]
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About the Author

A solicitor and former judge, David is a trustee of a leading independent school and sits on various other committees. The author of the Bluffer's Guide to both Law and Divorce, he was inspired to write this book by the extraordinary history of his newly discovered Indian family. David enjoys a variety of sport and hobbies, including golf, tennis, squash and chess.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1666 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (20 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ONIZ36
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #332,116 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Absolutely fantastic book. Could not put it down. Particularly interesting if you live in Leicestershire
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Tea Love and War is a highly evocative, and an utterly absorbing page-turner, taking you on a rich cultural journey through the tapestry of a changing inter-war Britain and the colonial tea plantations of India, and the shattering impact of the Second World War. David Mitchell skilfully details the lives of a British plantation manager in Assam, his sister growing up in inter-war Leicester, and Ann, his daughter from his relationship with a plantation worker, struggling to survive and look after her family in post-war India.

Touching and heartfelt, yet matter of fact and never sentimental, this biography would also appeal to anyone who has a historical interest in the final years of the Raj and post-colonial India. This book is remarkably easy to read, a genuine tear-jerker, and very hard to put down. A must for all visitors to the Tea Estates.
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This true and moving story is rooted in Leicester, just before the start of WWII, where an ordinary middleclass family finds itself flung across the world. A brother goes out to India to the tea plantations, and then on to fight in Malaya. A husband joins up to fight and die in Europe. A wife and mother waits at home amidst the Blitz. A fascinating series of snaphots of life in Assam, in the Special Forces, in the British Army, and in England. A moving evocation of the courage of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.
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This is a must read book. It tells the story of a man involved in the tea business who secretly fathers two children with a local Indian girl and then dies in the last world war. His English family remained unaware that they had relatives in India until some 40 years later when the younger child traces her English family. This book is very well researched and beautifully written by the nephew of the deceased man. The book is hard to put down and I strongly recommend it.
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My book club and I in Cornwall highly rated this book - hopefully my colleagues will be posting reviews as well! On a personal note I thought the story fascinating and extremely page turning. Having lived in Leicester myself for many years I of course recognised many of the places featured, and also being a post war child myself was very sympathetic to the conditions endured by those at home and abroad during the war years having family that suffered similar circumstances. I have also stayed on a tea plantation in Tamil Nadu whilst visiting India a few years ago and, although in a different area to those mentioned in the book, the conditions and set up seem to have changed little over the years. I was also particularly fascinated by the in-depth writing of conditions in Singapore and the Far East during the Japanese invasion in WW2. A brilliant book, extremely well written, absorbing, exciting, emotional and moving. An extraordinary story that is surely movie material.
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Just thought I'd let people know that this isn't the same David Mitchell who wrote Cloud Atlas etc - different publisher, different author. It's a fairly common name, isn't it?
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I wonder how many copies of this book were sold to unsuspecting people who thought it was written by the same David Mitchell who was the author of Cloud Atlas, Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet etc. Certainly the members of my book group would not have bought it had not the person who suggested it thought it was the same author. This wouldn't perhaps matter if Tea, Love and War was of the same calibre. Much of it was extremely boring, for instance the sections written by Mary when describing her successes in sport and teaching. The level of writing is what I would think of 'school composition' with mundane detail of ordinary lives in England. Much of the description of life in Assam concentrated on the mundane too, such as trips to the club. It's beyond me how any reader could give this book 5 stars; what on earth would they award 'War and Peace' or 'A Tale of Two Cities'?
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I really enjoyed this book. The story was interesting and informative and told an emotive story in a matter of fact style which avoided too much sentamentalism. It kept my attention all the way through to the end and gave me an insight into a subject I had never considered before. I was happy that things turned out the way they did in this story but am sure that many other similar experiences didn't turn out so well and feel quite ashamed of the some of the behaviour and attitudes of the British expats who lived and worked in India at that time.

I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in India, its people and its history or, indeed, anyone who just loves a good story well told.
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