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    DescriptionFrom 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. For these young women, often away from home for the first time, one thing they could be sure of was a rollicking good time. By the early twentieth century, a hectic social scene was in place, with dances, parties, amateur theatricals, picnics, tennis tournaments, cinemas, gymkhanas with perhaps a tiger shoot and a glittering dinner at a raja's palace thrown in. And, with men outnumbering women by roughly four to one, romances were conducted at alarming speed and marriages were frequent. But after the honeymoon life often changed dramatically: whisked off to a remote outpost with few other Europeans for company and where constant vigilance was required to guard against disease, they found it a far cry from the social whirlwind of their first arrival. Anne de Courcy's sparkling narrative is enriched by a wealth of first-hand sources - unpublished memoirs, letters and diaries rescued from attics - which bring this forgotten era vividly to life.


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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: Paperback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 1 mm
    Height: 1 mm
    Thickness: 1 mm
    Weight: 1,000 g
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780297868477
    ISBN 10: 0297868470
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJ
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FKA
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
    BIC subject category V2: JFSJ1, HBJF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: HBTQ
    BISAC V2.8: HIS017000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BIC subject category V2: 1FKA, 3JJ, 3JH
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC23: 954.031
    Edition statement
    Export ed
    Illustrations note
    30
    Publisher
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    Publication date
    12 July 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Anne de Courcy is a well-known writer and journalist. In the 1970s she was Woman's Editor on the LONDON EVENING NEWS and in the 1980s she was a regular feature-writer for the EVENING STANDARD. She is also a former feature writer and reviewer for the DAILY MAIL.