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The Fishing Fleet: Husband-Hunting in the Raj (edition 2012)

by Anne De Courcy

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Title:The Fishing Fleet: Husband-Hunting in the Raj
Authors:Anne De Courcy
Info:Weidenfeld & Nicolson (2012), Hardcover, 320 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:Non-fiction, Topic: History, Location: India, Topic: British Raj, Author: English, Read in 2013

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If you enjoy a certain strain of British fiction, this provides some good history and background. Me, I got a little tired of all the privilege and focus on marriage.
  revliz | Jan 7, 2017 |
Wide ranging, informative and entertaining account of young ladies in search of a husband, during the time of the Raj: a veritable fishing fleet of tales. ( )
  DramMan | Jan 26, 2016 |
This book by the well-known biographer Anne de Courcy is an interesting by product of her much weightier book on the daughters of the Viceroy Lord Curzon. It's largely anecdotal and perhaps says nothing very new, but it's interesting to reflect on the individual stories of a generation of middle and upper class women whose lives were very different from those they might have had if they had stayed in Britain. Lots of original source material has been drawn upon, most of it admittedly from trhe latter days of the Raj in the first half of the 20th century but also some from the possibly more interesting 19th century.
  ponsonby | May 11, 2015 |
Memories, diaries and recollections of Raj women
  MarilynKinnon | Apr 29, 2015 |
The number of books I have started and not finished in my life is exactly 1. This is it. ( )
  JenBurge | Mar 20, 2015 |
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From the late 19th century, when the Raj was at its height, many of Britain's best and brightest young men went out to India to work as administrators, soldiers and businessmen. With the advent of steam travel and the opening of the Suez Canal, countless young women, suffering at the lack of eligible men in Britain, followed in their wake. This amorphous band was composed of daughters returning after their English education, girls invited to stay with married sisters or friends and yet others whose declared or undeclared goal was simply to find a husband. They were known as the Fishing Fleet and this book is their story, hitherto untold.… (more)

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