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An Indian Attachment

"An Indian Attachment" tells the story of a love affair between Sarah, a young British woman of adventurous spirit, and Jungli, an impoverished, opium-addicted Sikh temple servant. But this is not just a cross-cultural love story. With totally convincing authority, it immerses the reader in the realities of rural India like no other book, made vivid by a meticulous examination of landscape and a description of the realities of desperate poverty, first in a remote Punjabi village in 1979 and afterwards in a fly-blown, rat- and snake-infested, ramshackle community which grew up around an authoritarian holy man.

Sarah Lloyd was born in London in 1947 and educated at North London Collegiate School. Afterwards she trained as a landscape architect. At the age of 25, having won a British Council scholarship to Brazil, she began the first of her many journeys abroad. Since then travelling has been a compulsion, and she never spent more than a year in one place until 1982 when she bought a house in Staffordshire. In 1987 she published her second book Chinese Characters, a travelogue based on eight months in China. since then she has practised both as a landscape architect and a landscape photographer.

Reviews:

'A remarkable achievement: beautifully written, sympathetic without being starry-eyed...lots of real wisdom and sensitivity and delicious quiet humour.' - Dervla Murphy, The Times Literary Supplement

'A remarkable book...a traveller's tale, a love story, and above all, a brilliant exposé of village India' - John Keay, The Sunday Telegraph

'An Indian Attachment is harder to put down than any thriller.' - John Mellors, London Magazine

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