This story is about a young Anglo-Indian boy, growing up in India towards the latter years of the British Raj. His battle with an inability to cope with the written word, leads him into conflict with his father who responds with a Victorian regime of discipline. Little comfort comes from the equally regimental boarding schools he is sent to. The story begins with an account of the author’s long years of research into his complicated family history, supported by boyhood reminiscences from early years, through to his teens. Partition of the subcontinent in 1947 coincides with father being invalided out of the British Army with Tuberculosis. Loss of income compounded by high medical costs, subject the large family to poverty, humiliation and distressing circumstances. The Bitter End of the British Raj by Ian Smith.
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