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The Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott
Random House Group 1996

This is the first volume of The Raj Quartet set in India in 1942, the beginning of tumultuous times. Rape is at the centre of events, the political rape of India by the British, the physical rape of Daphne Manners by Indian peasants - an outrage which reverberates immediately and for many years to come throughout the British community in India and impacts also on the Indian community.
Paul Scott was born in London. He won the Booker Prize for his last novel Staying On.

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