Below the Peacock Fan: First Ladies of the Raj
by Marian Fowler
When the British ruled India, four Victorian women find themselves in a disturbing land, experiencing extremes of decadence amid crushing poverty. Emily Eden, Charlotte Canning, Edith Lytton and Mary Curzon followed husbands or a brother who were appointed Viceroys. In this compelling slice of colonial history we see how India marked them with its heat, mutinies and lascivious secrets.