In the Shade of the Shamiana

In the Shade of the Shamiana

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India-that exotic land of jewels, silks, perfumes, and spices, drew many a young adventurer to that distant and alluring land. Under British Rule, Hindus and Muslims live peaceably together. The mixed-race community-the Eurasians or Anglo-Indians-also enjoy the privileges and protection offered to them by the British-who represent an awning of shelter: A Shamiana. In the Shade of the Shamiana, is a tale of life in 1940s British India, where class and race distinctions and discriminations abound. But times are changing, and young Jamie Donaldson finds his world turned upside-down when his school, Fernhill, closes down without warning. His mixed-race mother, Lydia, is discontented in her marriage and misses the big city, and ends up making decisions that will forever change her son's life. Howard, the patriarch of the family, has secrets that could tear the family apart. Tensions rise as the possibility of a 'Free India' sparks riots and violence. Winds of change are in the air, and Jamie's world becomes something unfamiliar, unknown, and full of challenge and turmoil.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 18.29mm | 548.84g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1508548587
  • 9781508548584

About James Sinclair

I was born in Darjeeling, India in 1939 in the last decade of the British Raj. I attended Mount Hermon School, Darjeeling, where the celebrated playwright, Sir Tom Stoppard also once studied. I worked in Calcutta before migrating to England in 1969 where I worked in the PYE group of Industries in Cambridge, then joined the Civil Service and worked in Chessington, Surrey. I had to retire early due to heart problems but I found that retirement gave me more time to pursue my many hobbies, one of which was astronomy and the other writing, so I decided to put these two together and write my first book, "Over Our Heads." I've always had a passion for writing ever since I was a child, and won several prizes in writing competitions during my childhood and youth. My second book, "Don't Water the Marigolds" was my first attempt at writing a novel, and "In the Shade of the Shamiana" is my third published book. I am grateful to Harmony Kent for all the help, encouragement and support she has given me in completing this project. I live out my retirement in my South London maisonette busily and contentedly with my two cats.show more

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