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The day of the scorpion

By: Scott, Paul

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Part of the The Raj quartet ; bk. 2 series
009947882X / 9780099478829
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Reprint. Originally published: London: Heinemann, 1968.

This is book two of "The Raj Quartet". India, August 9th 1942: the morning brings raids and the arrest by British police of Congress Party members.

Amongst the prisoners is the distinguished ex-Chief Minister Mohammed Ali Kasim.

Loyal to the party's central vision of a unified free India, his incarceration is a symptom of the growing deterioration of Anglo-Indian relations.

For the long-serving British family, the Laytons, the political and social ramifications are immediate, disturbing and tragic.

Some, like Ronald Merrick, believe that true intimacy between the races is impossible; others, such as Sarah Layton, struggle to come to terms with their Anglo-Indian past.

With growing confusion and bewilderment, the British are forced to confront the violent and often brutal years that lie ahead of them.


FA Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

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