By the past due 19th century, Britain's colonial reign looked as if it would be aware of no limit—and India was once the glowing jewel within the Imperial crown. a lot of Her Majesty's top and brightest younger males departed for the Raj to make their careers, and their fortunes, as bureaucrats, squaddies, and businessmen. yet of their wake they left in the back of numerous younger women who, all of sudden bereft of eligible bachelors, discovered themselves dealing with an doubtful destiny. With not anything to lose and every thing to achieve, a few of these ladies determined to stick to swimsuit and abandon their local Britain for India's unique glamour and—with males outnumbering girls through approximately 4 to at least one within the Raj—the most sensible likelihood they'd at discovering a husband.
Drawing on a wealth of firsthand resources, together with unpublished memoirs, letters, pictures, and diaries, Anne de Courcy brings the fantastic international of "the Fishing Fleet," as those ladies have been identified, to existence. In those glowing pages, she describes the glittering whirlwind of dances, events, tennis tournaments, tiger shoots, and palatial banquets that awaited within the Raj, all aimed at the possibility of romance. many of the women have been clear of domestic for the 1st time, and so they plunged headlong into the heady dazzle of expatriate social lifestyles; marriages have been widespread. despite the fact that, after the honeymoon many girls have been faced with a truth that was once faraway from the fairy story they might been chasing.
Rich with drama and colour, The Fishing Fleet is a luxurious, totally compelling real-life saga of event, romance, and heartbreak within the heyday of the British Empire.