Companions of Paradise

Companions of Paradise

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In 1841, Mariana Givens arrives in newly conquered Kabul with the British Army. Her heart, however, remains in Lahore where her estranged native husband Hassan lies injured. Torn between his fascinating family and her own culture, she waits to learn if he can forgive her stupid accusation of betrayal, and whether she can ever return to him and her adored stepson. Meanwhile, the British colonials enjoy the fruits of Kabul, oblivious to the seething resentment of the people they think they have quelled. This complacency will place everyone Mariana loves in grave danger, but only she sees that the Afghan leaders believe in honour above all, and when they turn against the British the suffering will be unimaginable...
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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 154 x 235 x 25mm | 462g
  • HEADLINE REVIEW
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747269815
  • 9780747269816

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'Ali writes as well about the scandalous disregard of the British for a proud nation as she does on the power of faith and love' Nottingham Evening Post" -- Nottingham Evening Post 20061202 'Betrayal, love, fighting and history abound in this gripping novel based on true events, and Ali's years of meticulous research and obvious passion for Pakistan only leave the reader wanting more' Western Mail" -- Western Mail 20061209 'The theme running through this novel is very fitting, as the long-running conflict involving British troops inAfghanistan continues. Thalassa Ali uses her own experiences about cross-cultural relationships to tell the story of English-born Mariana Givens' struggle to stay loyal to her British roots, but also to her adored [Indian] husband' Newcastle Upon Tyne Sunday Sun -- Newcastle Upon Tyne Sunday Sun 20061210 'She writes beautifully about the ruggedAfghanistan landscape, the smells of the markets, and descriptions of the various tribes! This is a very readable book that recalls a different epoch in British army history' Folkstone Herald -- Folkstone Herald 20061221 'Once you start reading a Thalassa Ali novel, you simply won't be able to put it down' The Friday Times", Pakistan -- The Friday Times, Pakistan 20061221 'A wonderful tale of eastern intrigue and western sensibilities' She magazine, Pakistan -- She magazine, Pakistan 20061221 'Companions of Paradise" is a well paced, colourful narrative that keeps the reader hooked til the end' Newsline, Pakistan -- Newsline, Pakistan 20061221 'Ali...writes with such a sure hand... Companions of Paradise is a curiously readable book' The Hindu,
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About Thalassa Ali

Thalassa M Ali was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, the daughter of two archaeologists: one English and one American. She received her bachelor's degree in fine arts from Radcliffe College in 1962. A year later she married a young man from Lahore, Pakistan, and moved to that country, where she remained for twelve years, dividing her time between Karachi and Lahore. Widowed suddenly at the age of thirty-one, she spent her last three years in Pakistan carrying on her deceased husband's businesses. After returning to Boston with her two children in 1975, she became a stockbroker. While her children were growing up, she worked at various investment houses, managing money for individual clients. In 1993, with her children launched, she turned to writing. Ali's love for Pakistan has remained strong over the past twenty-six years. She converted to Islam in 1984 on one of her many visits there. She is a member of Tauhidia, a Sufi brotherhood, whose headquarters are in Karachi. While still living in Pakistan, she began collecting books on nineteenth-century India with the intention of writing about that time and place. This is her first novel.
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2 7% (21)
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