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The Jewel in the Crown (Raj Quartet 1)

The Jewel in the Crown (Raj Quartet 1)

Author(s): Paul Scott

Location(s): India

Genre(s): Fiction, Romance

Era(s): 1940s



The story centres on the love affair between an awkward English woman, Miss Manners, and a British privately-educated Indian, Hari Kumar, who struggles to find his place in an India he does not know. It explores the characters in depth, the intricacies of the time. The book starts out with a rape and the fall out from the event.

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“The Jewel in the Crown” combines an almost impossibly deep understanding of India and her colonial rulers with fictional characters of such colour and complexity that it beggars belief they are not and have...

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

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Entries close 6th November 2021