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on 4 October 2012
The author had clearly done a significant amount of research into this book but seemed overkeen to add as many sources as possible so that the narrative was tripping over itself to demonstrate that rather than tell a flowing story - one anecdote which demonstrated that for me and made me at that point stop reading, was, in the middle of a description of the uniforms worn by the Indian staff, re the comments made by one reviewer of a report, regarding the handwriting of an earlier reviewer, absolutely none of which was relevant to the story of these women. It also took the widest possible definition of who comprised the "fishing fleet" to include anyone who went on vacation to India or even was returning there after a period at school in Britain as being part of the husaband-searching set. A focus perhaps on the women who were actually shipped out and paid for by the East India Company would have been a narrower and I think a far more coherent story than that of any young woman who happened to be in India at the time of the Raj. Instead, this was miscellaneous anecdotes of the period, loosely joined up with periodic references to young women to try to create a theme. This was excellent research very badly let down by poor editing.
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