The Far Pavilions
by M.M. Kaye
In BriefAfter the death of his parents, young Ashton Pelham-Martyn is brought up as a Hindu in a remote corner of British India. As an adult soldier he returns to India, where his love for a princess and his dual heritage make for an epic story of adventure and romance.
Why you should read itA vastly ambitious, meticulously researched portrait of the Raj that merges fact and fiction, The Far Pavilions is passionate but nuanced, colourful and intensely alive.