A Black Englishman by Carolyn Slaughter
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India, 1920: exotic, glamorous, and violent, as the country begins to resist England's colonial grip. In the midst of this turmoil, Isabel, a young British military wife, begins a passionate liaison with Sam, an Indian doctor and Oxford graduate who insists, against all odds, on the right to be both black and British. Their secret devotion to each other takes them across India in a terrifying, deadly race against time and tradition. This powerful and erotic love story combines the themes of colonial exploitation, political and ethnic tensions, race and sexuality, and the many forms of partition, both secular and religious, that endanger our world.

About Carolyn Slaughter

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Carolyn Slaughter was born in New Delhi, India, and spent most of her childhood in the Kalahari Desert. She is the author of eight other novels and the memoir Before the Knife. She now lives in the United States.
Published November 15, 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 353 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Neville does catch up with her, but the other major plot developments occur offstage: The brutal communal violence in which Sam’s wife dies, and a bomb attack aimed at the Viceroy, which leads to Sam’s imprisonment and torture (his father is an arms merchant involved with terrorists).

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‘A Black Englishman‘ is the tale of a British girl, Isabel Webb, who marries a soldier, goes out to India and breaks all the taboos by falling in love with a local man.

Jan 16 2010 | Read Full Review of A Black Englishman: A Novel

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From Ferozepur to Shimla to Peshawar to Jammu to Assam the novel follows Sam and Isabel's struggle against all odds for a happy ending, getting increasingly Mills and Boonish as the story reaches a boil with Isabel following her dream to be a doctor and Sam being jailed, suspected of sedition.

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