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When writing The Golden Oriole Raleigh Trevelyan made five journeys to
the Indian sub-continent, including Burma and Afghanistan. He
returned to his birthplace, the Andaman Islands, and also stayed at Gilgit in what was
northern Kashmir where he spent much of his early childhood. He was a
platoon commander at the Anzio Beachhead in the second world war, and later a
captain with the military mission to the Italian army in Rome. Many of his
books are to do with Italy - he is the author of The Companion Guide to
His most recent book was a biography of Sir Walter Raleigh; this involved
travelling to all the places connected with his distant relative, such as the
Orinoco delta, Colombia, Roanoke, Ireland, central France, the Cape Verde
Islands and Spain. For forty years he worked in publishing as editor
and director. He lives partly in London and partly in Cornwall in a house
on the site of a Cluniac cell.
The Golden Oriole
Raleigh Trevelyan, scion of the famous clan of Macaulay and
Trevelyan historians, was born in the world of the Raj. Drawing on
journeys in search of his family's long Anglo-Indian past and on
the sparkling reminiscences and diaries of the family and their friends
(such as E. M. Forster), the author brilliantly evokes the
entire sweep of the vanished British empire in India in all its sadness and
glory, its grief and triumph.
"A definitive summing
up of Anglo-India's ruling attitudes ... In the long line of Anglo-Indian
memoirs, it is certainly one of the best - one of the very few that will
survive not just as a period piece but as literature." Jan Morris,
The New York Times Book Review
"A remarkable, perceptive book...
Times Literary Supplement
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