East of Suez: Stories of Love, Betrayal and Hauntings from the Raj
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A woman’s ghost comes calling for her devoted husband; an amulet hastily given to a British officer saves him from a man-eating tiger; a happily married young woman finds herself reminiscing about someone lost for ever; an ayah sings lullabies to her imaginary charge; and an obnoxious self-made man loses his family in a flash.
Written and set in late-nineteenth-century India, the stories in East
of SuezÃ‘domestic dramas, shikar stories, hauntings and grand love affairsÃ‘chronicle the lives and after-lives of the sahibs and memsahibs of the Raj. Sharply observed and timeless in its evocation of an age long past, East of Suez is a memorable and gripping read.
Alice Perrin was born in India in 1867. After her education in England, Perrin married Charles Perrin, an engineer in the India Public Works Department, in 1886, and the couple returned to India for the next sixteen years. Most of her works are based on her experiences in India. East of Suez, her first collection of short stories, was published in 1901 and her last novel, Other Sheep, was published in 1932. Her other notable works include The Spell of the Jungle (1902), The Anglo Indians (1912), The Happy Hunting Ground (1914), The Woman and the Bazaar (1914) and Star of India (1919). Alice Perrin died in Switzerland in 1934.