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Anne de Courcy talks about her latest book The Fishing Fleet: Husband Hunting in the Raj

3rd May 2013
Time: 7.30pm

St Peter's Church, Oundle

Anne de Courcy is a well-known writer, journalist and book reviewer. In the 1970s she was Woman’s Editor on the London Evening News until its demise in 1980, when she joined the Evening Standard as a columnist and feature-writer. In 1982 she joined the Daily Mail as a feature writer, with a special interest in historical subjects, leaving in 2003 to concentrate on books, on which she has talked widely both here and in the United States.

The Fishing Fleet was the name given to the countless young ladies who travelled to India during the Raj in search of excitement and adventure.

A hectic social life greeted them on arrival, with tiger-shooting, parties and balls, and with men outnumbering women four to one, romances and marriages were frequent – but after the honeymoon life often changed dramatically.

Anne de Courcy explores the reality of life for these young adventuresses on the other side of the world, and with the help of diaries and letters rescued from attics she brings this forgotten era vividly to life.