The Kashmir Shawl

Paperback | April 16, 2012

byRosie Thomas

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Newlyweds Nerys and Evan Ellis leave the Welsh valleys behind to become missionaries in the remote and isolated province of Ladakh, India. Still under British rule, India in the 1930s grumbles with unrest. As winter approaches, an aristocratic English couple, Myrtle and Archie McMinn, sweep Nerys away from her husband and down to the lakeside town of Srinagar. There, Nerys is caught up in a world of dancing and gossip, luxury and ease - a million miles from her life as a preacher's wife. When Rainer Stamm, an enigmatic mountaineer determined to conquer the Himalayas, comes into her life, she is inexorably tempted.

Yet all the time the drums of war draw nearer, and life will soon change beyond measure.

Years later, when Mair Ellis clears out her father's house after his death, she finds an exquisite antique shawl, painstakingly hand-embroidered and worth a fortune. Wrapped with it are a lock of a child's hair and a crumpled black-and-white photograph.

Mair traces her grandparents' roots back to India and Kashmir, and is inspired to travel there herself to unlock the secrets of the past. It is a journey that will throw her into the path of unrest, tragedy and drama that will change her own life forever.

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Newlyweds Nerys and Evan Ellis leave the Welsh valleys behind to become missionaries in the remote and isolated province of Ladakh, India. Still under British rule, India in the 1930s grumbles with unrest. As winter approaches, an aristocratic English couple, Myrtle and Archie McMinn, sweep Nerys away from her husband and down to the l...

Rosie Thomas is the author of a number of celebrated novels, including Bad Girls, Good Women, A Simple Life and the top 10 bestsellers Every Woman Knows a Secret, Moon Island, White and most recently The Potter?s House. When not writing fiction she spends her time traveling and mountaineering. She lives in London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 1.3 inPublished:April 16, 2012Publisher:Harpercollins (uk)Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0007285973

ISBN - 13:9780007285976

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from an excellent, engrossing summer time read A well written story containing excellent character development. My only regret is that the author does not provide a thorough insight into the Indian & expat cultures in post war India. I would have enjoyed learning more about this side of life in India during this important period in her history
Date published: 2013-07-08