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Frontier Males

More empire-building from the Raj writer, who casts a romantic eye on Nicholson & Co

Frontier Males
Frontier Males
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In the closing passage of Allan Sealy's Trotter Nama, the narrator Eugene Trotter furnishes a precis on how to do a Raj book. Among the ingredients: ...a chhota peg, a tent peg...a measure of justice, gunpowder, equal portions of law and order, a greased cartridge, a tamarind seed or else a cavalry regiment, a moist eye, some high intentions, two pax of Britannica...an ounce of valour, something in the middle...a sharp sword..., a boy of British blood unsullied, a locket.

"It matters little if one or another be wanting, nor is the order of essence," says Eugene. "Introduce them as you please and as often. Let the pot boil of its own."

It just boiled over again. Soldier Sahibs is the 11th of Charles Allen's Raj books. Plain Tales from the Raj; A Glimpse of the Burning Plain; Lives of the Indian Princes; A Mountain in Tibet, he wrote them all. He virtually owns this genre-it's his little empire. This time he takes us to the top left hand corner, where we follow the adventures of a small clique of dashing mid-19th...

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