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Out of India

(2001)
A Raj Childhood
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Born in India in 1937, Michael Foss's childhood was spent between the cold, grey austerity of Britain under threat, and the brightly lit and teeming vitality of wartime India. Here, beautifully evoked, is a childhood spent amongst grudging and unloving English relations; a sufferance of cruelly harsh schooling, a bleak, dank landscape; and a sense of permanent cold and a savage hunger even for dreadful food. All of this was suddenly changed for the sub-continent's jumble of conflicting sights and sounds and smells: the vital, stinking, hot, noisy, crowded streets; the calm, quiet grace of moghul architecture; the ancient Hindu kingdoms reduced to stones amid the roots of trees; the monumental Victorian buildings that echoed British power; the attitudes of the Raj; the self-conscious majesty and pomp. The British, the author notes, lived on but not in India. 'Our rules for living were not their rules,' he writes in this wry, affectionate reflection on a childhood spent between two continents, two civilizations, two versions of history.

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Hardback Editions

May 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: Out of India: A Raj Childhood (Reminiscence)
Author(s): Michael Foss
ISBN: 0-7531-9312-4 / 978-0-7531-9312-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
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March 2001 : UK Hardback
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Title: Out of India: a Raj Childhood
Author(s): Michael Foss
ISBN: 1-85479-806-5 / 978-1-85479-806-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael O'Mara
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Paperback Editions

June 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Out of India: A Raj Childhood (Isis Nonfiction)
Author(s): Michael Foss
ISBN: 0-7531-9313-2 / 978-0-7531-9313-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Paperbacks
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June 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: Out of India: a Raj Childhood
Author(s): Michael Foss
ISBN: 1-85479-748-4 / 978-1-85479-748-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael O'Mara
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Kindle Editions

January 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Out of India: a Raj Childhood
Author(s): Michael Foss
Publisher: Michael O' Mara Books
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