Author(s): Valerie Fitzgerald
An epic love story, in the tradition of THE FAR PAVILIONS, set during the Indian Mutiny. From M M Kaye's THE FAR PAVILIONS to Julia Gregson's EAST OF THE SUN, the Indian Raj has been a rich source of bestsellers. ZEMINDAR is one of the greatest ever written. A magnificent, twisting, turning love story unfolds against a backdrop of exotic splendour as Englishwoman Laura Hewitt accompanies her cousin and fiance, first to Calcutta and then to the fabled fiefdom of Oliver Erskine, Zemindar - or hereditary ruler - of a private kingdom with its own army. But India is on the verge of the Mutiny, which will sweep them all up in its turbulence. Not one of them - not even the Zemindar himself - will remain unchanged by this violent rebellion against the Raj.
ZEMINDAR is drawn from personal experience. Valerie Fitzgerald's grandmother lived through the Indian Mutiny and when her soldier father was posted to Lucknow in WW2, she spent winters in the city and her summers on a zemindari estate.