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The Nizam's Daughters

(2000)
A Novel of India Before the Raj
(Honorable Company)
(The second book in the Matthew Hervey series)
A novel by

 
 
Historical fiction is enjoying a new golden age at present, with ever more impressive military heroes joining the ranks. Alan Mallinson, author of The Nizam's Daughters and a serving cavalry officer, has already achieved considerable praise for his brand of derring-do in his first novel A Close Run Thing, which is generally acclaimed as a debut of real excitement and verve. With The Nizam's Daughters, the author has overcome the second hurdle with equal aplomb.

In Mallinson's second novel, Matthew Hervey of the Light Dragoons, fresh from the Battle of Waterloo, is newly appointed as aide de camp to the Duke of Wellington. Hervey is sent on a clandestine mission to India (leaving behind his fiancée Henrietta) to travel to an alien land seething with intrigue. At the princely state of Chintal, Hervey undertakes his mission: to discover the intelligence that will allow the Duke to forge lasting alliances if (as he expects) he becomes Governor General of India. Needless to say, Hervey soon finds himself way out of his depth, as Chintal is a city threatened from all sides. The massing forces of the Nizam of Haidarabad, whose expansionist policies are backed up by the eponymous Nizam's Daughters, a legendary artillery brigade provide the most sinister menace.

Mallinson has studied the masters of the historical adventure genre well, and is particularly adroit at creating the dangerous and dirty reality of the soldier's lot. The author's experience of horseborne warfare serves him well in pitching the reader into the heart of the battles fought by his beleaguered hero. There are those who may fear that the author's military credentials may be the reason he has been commissioned to write these books rather than any storytelling skills but even a cursory glance at the first chapter should abuse anyone of that idea. Mallinson is a genuine storyteller, with a gift for the striking image:

Another volley came, felling two more. Hervey sprang up and rushed to one of them, lifting him across his shoulder and taking up his musket in his free hand. Peto did the same as another welter of musket balls assailed them. One struck the silver pouch of Hervey's crossbelt, and with such force that he was knocked clean to the ground. Peto, having dropped his man in a doorway, dashed to him, but he was already on his hands and knees retching with the pain and gasping for the air that had been knocked out of him. And still the firing continued... --Barry Forshaw

Genre: Historical

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Hardback Editions

2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Nizam's Daughters
Author(s): Allan Mallinson
ISBN: 1-84197-642-3 / 978-1-84197-642-6 (UK edition)
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November 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: Honorable Company: A Novel of India Before the Raj
Author(s): Allan Mallinson
ISBN: 0-553-11134-5 / 978-0-553-11134-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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March 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Nizam's daughters
Author(s): Allan MALLINSON
ISBN: 0-593-04374-X / 978-0-593-04374-5 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

January 1999 : USA Paperback

Title: The Nizam's Daughters
Author(s): Allan Mallinson
ISBN: 0-553-81857-0 / 978-0-553-81857-4 (USA edition)
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November 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: Honorable Company
Author(s): Allan Mallinson
ISBN: 0-553-38044-3 / 978-0-553-38044-6 (USA edition)
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February 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Nizam's Daughters (Matthew Hervey, Book 2)
Author(s): Allan Mallinson
ISBN: 0-553-50714-1 / 978-0-553-50714-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Transworld Pub
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Audio Editions

November 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Nizam's Daughters: Matthew Hervey, Book 2
Author(s): Allan Mallinson
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November 2017 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Nizam's Daughters: Matthew Hervey, Book 2
Author(s): Allan Mallinson
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November 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Nizam's Daughters: Matthew Hervey, Book 2
Author(s): Allan Mallinson
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November 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Nizam's Daughters: Matthew Hervey, Book 2
Author(s): Allan Mallinson
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February 2001 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Nizam's Daughters
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ISBN: 1-4074-9153-9 / 978-1-4074-9153-0 (UK edition)
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2000 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Nizam's Daughters
Author(s): Allan Mallinson
ISBN: 1-84197-170-7 / 978-1-84197-170-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Clipper Audio
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Kindle Editions

March 2010 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Nizam's Daughters (The Matthew Hervey Adventures: 2): A rip-roaring and riveting military adventure from bestselling author Allan Mallinson.
Author(s): Allan Mallinson
Publisher: Transworld Digital
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