Strangers in the land by George Shipway

Published by Peter Davies, 1976, Hardback in Dust Wrapper. 1st Ed.

Condition: Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper slightly dulled. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Edges of the text block lightly spotted and tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.

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Plans to the lining papers. From the cover: Trust between leaders and the led was never more delicately spun than with the British officers and the sepoys of the East India Company forces. The events in Vellore in 1806 are an appalling example of what can happen when the link is severed one to be repeated in India only two generations later.

Captain Arthur Graham of the 1st Madras Native Infantry and his companions Laidlaw, Morris and other young officers, not to mention the colonels in charge of the three contingents in Vellore, understand a great deal more about their soldiers than the visiting new Commander in Chief. If their lives in the heat, stench and dust of the fort are monotonous and frustrating they sense that the subsequent regulations affecting the sepoys will bring a violent end to their sweltering tranquillity.

The much married Kitty Rorke, who with her two charming young ladies runs an establishment in the town, also learns of growing trouble through her many trading contacts, and repeatedly warns her officer clients of what is in store. But still the juggernaut of military discipline rumbles on until there is the inevitable and bloody explosion of mutiny.

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