on 26 November 2013
I loved this book, couldn't put it down. It gave fascinating insights into 19th century India, particularly the details about life in the harems and the difficulties of travelling at the time. Mrs Parkes was obviously a wonderful woman, open-minded, with a great spirit of adventure and of fun too. My thanks to Mr Dalrymple for giving me an opportunity to read it.
on 6 March 2015
Marvellous account of a fascinating life well lived in India! Parkes writes well, much better, say, than Lady Brassey where I read her books because her travels were great but the writing is pedestrian. I envied Parkes her adventures and can only wonder how she survived when rshe retired to St Leonards, Sussex!