Isabel, born into the British Raj, and Asha, a young Hindu girl, both consider India their home. Through mischance and accident their stories intersect and circumstances will bring them from the bustling city of Delhi to the shores of the Andaman Islands, from glittering colonial parties to the squalor and desperation of a notorious prison; and into the lives of men on opposing sides of the fight for self-government.As the shadow of the Second World War falls across India, Isabel, caught up in growing political violence, has to make impossible choices - fighting for her love for India, for the man she yearns for, and for her childhood Indian friend, in the face of loyalty to her own country.
'Brilliantly written and evocative ... I simply couldn't put it down' - Trisha Ashley, bestselling author of The Little Teashop of Lost and Found
Jill McGivering is a BBC senior foreign correspondent and now South Asia Editor, and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's 'From Our Own Correspondent'. She has won a SONY Academy Award and been shortlisted for the SONY Academy's Journalist of the Year. Her debut novel, The Last Kestrel, was longlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Now based in London, she travels extensively for the BBC including assignments to Afghanistan, Pakistan and China.