Anila's Journey by Mary Finn

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 5 Critic Reviews



Set in colonial India, this richly layered coming-of-age tale follows a spirited young artist on a journey up the Ganges — and through the enigmas of her past.

How can Anila Tandy, left to fend for herself after her mother's death, dare to apply for a job that is clearly not meant for a woman? But somehow the "Bird Girl of Calcutta," art supplies in hand, finds herself on an eye-opening journey up the Ganges, apprenticed to a gentleman scientist. As the lush landscape slips by, Anila dives into her past — a past where her beautiful Bengali mother still tells stories and her Irish father's mysterious disappearance lingers. Gorgeously written and rich with atmosphere, Mary Finn's debut novel tells the story of a determined young artist who must make her way in the dangerous world of late-eighteenth-century India.

About Mary Finn

See more books from this Author
Mary Finn worked for years as a magazine journalist with Radio Telefís Eireann, the Irish broadcasting service. She says ANILA'S JOURNEY, her first novel, was inspired by the story behind the eighteenth-century PORTRAIT OF AN INDIAN LADY painted by Thomas Hickey. Mary Finn lives in Dublin.
Published January 7, 2008 by Walker. 304 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Anila's Journey

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Anila, a gifted painter, has been ward to (real-life) painter Thomas Hickey and friend to Hickey’s daughter.

Sep 15 2008 | Read Full Review of Anila's Journey

The Guardian

See more reviews from this publication

Anila's Journey by Mary Finn 304pp, Walker Books, £6.99 An orphan girl in India is one of the great archetypes of children's literature.

Feb 02 2008 | Read Full Review of Anila's Journey

The Bookbag

After her mother dies, Anila is left to fend for herself - a precarious situation for a woman at the end of the eighteenth century, let alone a woman in India, and let alone a woman of mixed race, unwelcome in many social circles.

Dec 04 2012 | Read Full Review of Anila's Journey

Youth Services Book Review

The job is clearly intended for a young man, but Anila hopes that she can convince Mr. Walker of the Asiatick Society that her artistic talents along with her love of birds make her perfect for the job.

Feb 25 2009 | Read Full Review of Anila's Journey

Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Miss Anila Tandy has rare ability to extract from Nature nothing more and nothing less than what is given.

| Read Full Review of Anila's Journey

Rate this book!

Add Review