The Tea-Planter's Daughter

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Author: Sara Banerji

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1448208424

Category: Fiction

Page: 218

View: 1929

Today is Julia Clockhouse's twenty-fifth birthday. Her long-suffering Hindu servants are frantically trying to organise a party for her, but it's hard to do so amid the havoc wreaked by her wild spirit. They think she is possessed. Daughters of colonial tea-planters shouldn't have souls that escape their bodies, move objects with their minds, hear tongueless yogis speak. Julia Clockhouse does. As the day passes and the chaos mounts in the kitchen, Julia listens desperately for the return of her husband. Ben may have married her on the orders of her domineering father, but he had come to love her; together they had found the happiness they missed in childhood. But by the time the party guests are tumbling in from the rising fury of the monsoon Ben has still not come. Sara Banerji narrates the events of an extraordinary birthday with deft humour and haunting eloquence, weaving into Julia's story a picture of an isolated tea-plantation and all those who live there. The Tea-Planter's Daughter is a captivating flight of the imagination firmly rooted in the reality of the South Indian hills.

The Tea Planter's Daughter

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Author: Janet MacLeod Trotter

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

ISBN: 9781503934191

Category:

Page: 430

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Lush, green, fragrant: the Indian hills of Assam are full of promise. But eighteen-year-old Clarissa Belhaven is full of worry. The family tea plantation is suffering, and so is her father, still grieving over the untimely death of his wife, while Clarissa s fragile sister, Olive, needs love and resourceful care. Beautiful and headstrong, Clarissa soon attracts the attention of young, brash Wesley Robson, a rival tea planter. Yet before his intentions become fully clear, tragedy befalls the Belhavens and the sisters are wrenched from their beloved tea garden to the industrial streets of Tyneside. A world away from the only home she has ever known, Clarissa must start again. Using all her means, she must endure not only poverty but jealousy and betrayal too. Will the reappearance of Wesley give her the link to her old life that she so desperately craves? Or will a fast-changing world and the advent of war extinguish hope forever?"

THE TEA PLANTER'S SON

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Author: JIMMY PYKE

Publisher: PartridgeIndia

ISBN: 1482819740

Category: Fiction

Page: 382

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In 1939, a young Englishman rejects a diplomatic career and leaves England to become a tea planter in Darjeeling, India. He marries an illiterate tea picker of Nepali origin and they have a son. the book continues with the son's journey through life: the prejudices he faces as an Anglo-Indian in both countries; the events in Belize, Burma, Jamaica and Sri Lanka that affect him; the women in his life; all answering the question, "what became of him?" Jimmy Pyke is an Anglo-Indian who had a distinguished legal career in London for over 45 years. He has written law books, but the Tea Planter's Son is his debut novel at the age of seventy.

The Tea Planter's Children

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Author: Eve Baker

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1420896296

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 244

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''The Tea Planter''s Children'' is rich, evocative , gentle and beautiful. It is filled with a child's love of place and nature, and manages successfully to enter the reader into a vanished world. Throughout there is a real feeling of a particular time. It describes a childhood at Arnakal, a tea plantation in the hills of Kerala during the early nineteen-thirties, which were years of recession and high unemployment in England and the rise of Fascism in Europe. In India, Mahatma Ghandi, not yet the revered figure we now remember, was campaigning for Independence. Discussed by their parents, these political goings-on were in the background of the children's lives. ''The Tea Planter's Children'' is a recollection of a childhood spent in a remote place with little contact with other European children, where the freedom they were allowed led to hilarious if sometimes nearly disastrous adventures, and describes the discoveries the children made, the unsuitable pets they tried to keep, the wild animals in the surrounding jungle and the eccentricities of the people they knew, until their final unwilling departure for the unknown country their parents called Home. Sixty years later, the brother and sister returned to stay once more at Arnakal, to find amid all the time-wrought changes, much that was still familiar and beautiful in the place where they had been born.

The Planter's Bride

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Author: Janet MacLeod Trotter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780750541268

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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Cousins and best friends, Sophie and Tilly are looking for love and adventure Sophie, orphaned at six, has been brought up by a radical aunt. Tilly meanwhile has lived a sheltered life in Newcastle. Tilly surprises everyone with a whirlwind marriage to a confirmed bachelor and tea planter, James Robson, following him to India. Thinking herself in love with the charming, enigmatic forester Tam, the independent Sophie decides to follow him when he also goes to India. Set against the vivid backdrop of post WW1 Britain and the changing world of India under the British Raj. THE PLANTER'S BRIDE is a passionate story of tragedy, loyalty and undying love

Race, Tea and Colonial Resettlement

Imperial Families, Interrupted

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Author: Jane McCabe

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474299512

Category: History

Page: 272

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WINNER OF THE IAN WARDS PRIZE 2018 By the early 20th century, the ideology of racial distance predominated in British India. This simultaneously threw a spotlight on the 'Anglo-Indian problem' and sent intimate relationships between British colonials and Indian women into the shadows of history. One Scottish missionary's solution was to isolate and raise the mixed-race children of British tea planters in an institution in Kalimpong - in the foothills of the Himalayas - before permanently resettling them far from their maternal homeland as workers in New Zealand. Historian Jane McCabe leads us through a compelling research journey that began with uncovering the story of her own grandmother, Lorna Peters, one of 130 adolescents resettled in New Zealand under the scheme between 1908 and 1938. Using records from the 'Homes' in Kalimpong and in-depth interviews with other descendants in New Zealand, she crafts a compelling, evocative, and unsentimental yet moving narrative -- one that not only brings an untold part of imperial history to light, but also transforms previously broken and hushed family histories into an extraordinary collective story. This book attends to both the affective dimension of these traumatic familial disruptions, and to the larger economic and political drivers that saw government and missionary schemes breaking up Anglo-Indian families -- schemes that relied on future forgetting.

The Tea Planter's Wife

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Author: Dinah Jefferies

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241969565

Category: Fiction

Page: 386

View: 8686

THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Dinah Jefferies' unforgettable new novel, The Tea Planter's Wife is a haunting, tender portrait of a woman forced to choose between her duty as a wife and her instinct as a mother... Nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper steps off a steamer in Ceylon full of optimism, eager to join her new husband. But the man who greets her at the tea plantation is not the same one she fell in love with in London. Distant and brooding, Laurence spends long days wrapped up in his work, leaving his young bride to explore the plantation alone. It's a place filled with clues to the past - locked doors, a yellowed wedding dress in a dusty trunk, an overgrown grave hidden in the grounds, far too small for an adult... Gwen soon falls pregnant and her husband is overjoyed, but she has little time to celebrate. In the delivery room the new mother is faced with a terrible choice, one she knows no one in her upper class set will understand - least of all Laurence. Forced to bury a secret at the heart of her marriage, Gwen is more isolated than ever. When the time comes, how will her husband ever understand what she has done? The Tea Planter's Wife is a story of guilt, betrayal and untold secrets vividly and entrancingly set in colonial era Ceylon. 'Captivating, powerful and passionate' Deborah Rodriguez on The Separation 'A richly detailed story... as intimate as a kiss and as sharp as the blade of a knife' David Gilham on The Separation 'I simply didn't want to put it down. Vivid and atmospheric - you can smell the tropics, feel the drenching heat...' Isabel Wolff on The Separation

The Separation

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Author: Dinah Jefferies

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 024196606X

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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FROM THE NUMBER 1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE TEA PLANTER'S WIFE The Separation by Dinah Jefferies is a sweeping novel set in 1950s Malaya, about a mother searching for her daughters. What happens when a mother and her daughters are separated; who do they become when they believe it might be forever? 1953, the eve of the Cartwright's departure from Malaya. Eleven-year-old Emma can't understand why they're leaving without their mother; why her taciturn father is refusing to answer questions. Lydia arrives home to an empty house - there's no sign of her husband Alec or her daughters. Panic stricken, she embarks on a dangerous journey to find them through the hot and civil-war-torn Malayan jungle - one that only the power of a mother's love can help her to survive. Dinah Jefferies was born in Malaya in 1948 and moved to England at the age of nine. She has worked in education, once lived in a 'rock 'n roll' commune and, more recently, been an exhibiting artist. She spends her days writing, with time off to make tiaras and dinosaurs with her grandchildren. The Separation is her first book.

The Tea Planter's Bride

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Author: Janet MacLeod Trotter

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

ISBN: 9781503934207

Category:

Page: 406

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When Sophie is suddenly orphaned at the age of six, she is taken from her parents' tea plantation, the only home she has ever known, to be raised halfway across the world in Scotland. As the years pass and her exotic childhood becomes a distant memory, adventurous Sophie finds refuge in her friendship with her kind, shy cousin, Tilly. It is no surprise when the girls follow each other to India to embark on new adventures, new lives and new loves. But the reality of 1920s India is far removed from their dream: the jungles are too humid and the breathtaking tea gardens too remote. And amongst the stifling beauty, intrigue abounds; while Sophie struggles with affairs of the heart, Tilly, alone in a difficult world, delves into the mystery of Sophie's parents' deaths. As the past begins to darken their friendship, will long-held secrets shatter everything they've ever striven for?

The Silk Merchant's Daughter

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Author: Dinah Jefferies

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241975905

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 7726

NOW A SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER FROM THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE TEA PLANTER'S WIFE Dinah Jefferies' stunning new novel is a gripping, unforgettable tale of a woman torn between two worlds... 1952, French Indochina. Since her mother's death, eighteen-year-old half-French, half-Vietnamese Nicole has been living in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Sylvie. When Sylvie is handed control of the family silk business, Nicole is given an abandoned silk shop in the Vietnamese quarter of Hanoi. But the area is teeming with militant rebels who want to end French rule, by any means possible. For the first time, Nicole is awakened to the corruption of colonial rule - and her own family's involvement shocks her to the core... Tran, a notorious Vietnamese insurgent, seems to offer the perfect escape from her troubles, while Mark, a charming American trader, is the man she's always dreamed of. But who can she trust in this world where no one is what they seem? The Silk Merchant's Daughter is a captivating tale of dark secrets, sisterly rivalry and love against the odds, enchantingly set in colonial era Vietnam.