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    DescriptionFrom the author of the critically acclaimed biographies Diana Mosley and The Viceroy's Daughters comes a fascinating, hugely entertaining account of the Victorian women who traveled halfway around the world on the hunt for a husband.By the late nineteenth century, Britain's colonial reign seemed to know no limit--and India was the sparkling jewel in the Imperial crown. Many of Her Majesty's best and brightest young men departed for the Raj to make their careers, and their fortunes, as bureaucrats, soldiers, and businessmen. But in their wake they left behind countless young ladies who, suddenly bereft of eligible bachelors, found themselves facing an uncertain future.With nothing to lose and everything to gain, some of these women decided to follow suit and abandon their native Britain for India's exotic glamor and--with men outnumbering women by roughly four to one in the Raj--the best chance they had at finding a man.Drawing on a wealth of firsthand sources, including unpublished memoirs, letters, photographs, and diaries, Anne de Courcy brings the incredible world of "the Fishing Fleet," as these women were known, to life. In these sparkling pages, she describes the glittering whirlwind of dances, parties, amateur theatricals, picnics, tennis tournaments, cinemas, tiger shoots, and palatial banquets that awaited in the Raj, all geared toward the prospect of romance. Most of the girls were away from home for the first time, and they plunged headlong into the heady dazzle of expatriate social life; marriages were frequent.However, after the honeymoon many women were confronted with a reality that was far from the fairy tale they'd been chasing. With her signature diligence and sensitivity, de Courcy looks beyond the allure of the Raj to tell the real stories of these marriages built on convenience and unwieldy expectations. Wives were whisked away to distant outposts with few other Europeans for company. Transplanted to isolated plantations and remote towns, they endured heat, boredom, discomfort, illness, and motherhood removed from familiar comforts--a far cry from the magical world they were promised upon arrival.Rich with drama and color, The Fishing Fleet is a sumptuous, utterly compelling real-life saga of adventure, romance, and heartbreak in the heyday of the British Empire.


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    Title
    The Fishing Fleet
    Subtitle
    Husband-Hunting in the Raj
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Anne De Courcy
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 335
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780062290076
    ISBN 10: 006229007X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FKA
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    BIC subject category V2: JFSJ1
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET080
    Ingram Theme: CULT/INDIAN
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/LATE18
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000, HIS017000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 431
    B&T Approval Code: A15202020
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ERLY20
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A14530000
    BISAC V2.8: SOC028000
    DC22: 305.40954
    DC21: 305.40954
    B&T Approval Code: A15403036
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
    LC classification: DS428 .D43 2014
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    black & white halftones
    Publisher
    Harper
    Imprint name
    Harper
    Publication date
    04 March 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    A "lively history.... Colorful."--Daily Beast