Neilsen Bookscan charts, released 24 July 2012, show THE FISHING FLEET by Anne de Courcy at number 4 on hardback non-fiction.
Published in hardback just two weeks ago, THE FISHING FLEET is now in its third printing.
FISHING FLEET tells the story of the late nineteenth century in India
where Britain's finest and brightest men settled to become businessmen,
administrators and soldiers. Young women flocked to the area for
intense socializing and found themselves caught up in a whirlwind of
dances, parties and marriages. After the honeymoon things often changed
drastically for these husband hunting women.
De Courcy's narrative and first hand resources, in the form of unpublished letters and diaries, make for a delightful read.
We are thrilled with her well deserved success!
Praise for THE FISHING FLEET:
'An entertaining, richly detailed account of a world that vanished overnight in 1947 with independence' -- The Sunday Times
evocative... de Courcy takes the reader through an enchanted world:
scarlet coats and white topis; the heat of a regimental dance with
buildings picked out in tiny oil lamps and lanterns hung in the trees;…
am-dram and tiger shoots; medicinal brandy and ginger ale; tiffin and
sword exercises; the smell of wood fires in the hearth; a civet cat
found drinking a bedtime glass of milk and a monkey snatching a silver
spoon.' -- Jad Adams, The Guardian
'Through heat, dust, lust and wedlock, de Courcy's memsahibs step a lively dance' -- Saga Magazine
seasoned social historian, Anne de Courcy brilliantly evokes the era,
often by allowing her heroines to do the talking. We hear vivid
contemporary descriptions of everything from tiger hunts and tea dances
to the agonies of prickly heat... the women who married into the Raj
were true adventurers. De Courcy's book restores their proper
reputation: as brave, sometimes batty, irredeemably British heroines' -- Jemima Lews, Daily Mail