Paul Scott’s sequel to The Raj Quartet is both an engrossing portrait of the end of an empire and an engaging dissection of a long-lasting marriage.

Colonel Tusker and Lucy Smalley stay on in the hills of Pankot after Indian independence deprives them of their colonial status. Finally fed up with accommodating her husband, Lucy claims a degree of independence herself. Eloquent and hilarious, she and Tusker act out class tensions among the British of the Raj and give voice to the loneliness, rage and stubborn affection in their marriage.

Winner
1977 Booker Prize
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Heinemann
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Paul Scott

Paul Scott

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Paul Scott was born in London. He is the author of 13 distinguished novels, including his famous The Raj Quartet.
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