My own late Mother having been Anglo Indian, I was brought up on stories of her life in early twentieth century India. Jamila Gavin's book, though set a little later in the century, succeeded in bringing to life a time perhaps forgotten by many yet remembered with affection and nostalgia by those fortunate to have lived through and witnessed some of the greatest moments in the history of this wonderful country. Told with wit, charm, and a fondness for her subject that betrays her love of both India and her adopted England, Jamil Gavin succeeds in captivating the reader and backs up her narrative with a wonderful selection of snapshots of her time in the land that was once the 'Jewel in the Crown' of the British Empire. Both teenagers and adults will find something of interest in this excellent book!
Brian L Porter Author 'A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper', winner, The Preditors & Editors 'Best Thriller Novel Award, 2008 Award', and 'Legacy of The Ripper'
I read this as a possible choice of class text for Year 6. In the end I chose something different, but this was a close second. It's well-written; however, I thought it was a little brief for a term's work.