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An extract from Louise Brown’s The Himalayan Summer

Posted on: 13/03/2017 with tags: Culcutta, Eden Garden, extract, Great Eastern Hotel, Himalayan Summer, louise brown, Modern

Ellie had heard Francis’s story a dozen times during the previous month, and the tale changed slightly each time he told it. She knew some of it was true because she’d been there to witness it. Three months ago, at the start of the hot season, they had been in Calcutta, where Francis was busy ordering guns and having hunting clothes made. Then he went to the Sundarbans to bag a Royal Bengal tiger or two, and left Ellie and the twins in a suite in the Great Eastern Hotel, with only Nanny Barker f…

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Reading to accompany Eden Gardens

Posted on: 21/04/2016 with tags: colonialism, eden gardens, India, louise brown, Asian History

Louise Brown collates some additional reading and the books she used in her research of Eden Gardens. Many of the books that have contributed to the making of Eden Gardens are out of print. The following is a small selection of things I’ve found useful, and that are still widely available either because they are in print, or can be found in libraries and second hand book shops. Novels and short stories Bardhan, Kalpana, (ed.) Of Women, Outcastes, Peasants, and Rebels: A Selection of Bengali Shor…

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Poor whites – Loafers, Vagrants and ‘Low Europeans’

Posted on: 20/04/2016 with tags: british raj, colonialism, eden gardens, indian rebellion, louise brown, Asian History

Louise Brown, author of Eden Gardens, explains more about the invisibility of poor whites in the British Raj. Poor whites do not figure prominently in the histories of the British Raj. ‘Low Europeans’, as they were called at the time, can be found in the writings of Rudyard Kipling, but, today, most people’s image of the British in colonial India is formed by the social world of the sahibs and memsahibs, usually the middle class servants of Empire who aped the manners of the Victorian and Edward…

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