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- DescriptionThis intriguing odyssey, set on the edges of time, encompasses biography, memoir, detective story, travelogue and history to tell a remarkable tale of East-West connections and a mysterious love. The author's quest begins when the word 'indigo' draws her to the illustrated journals, w in the British Library, of Victorian traveller Thomas Machell. She finds her life to have striking echoes of his, t least travels to and within India, a career in indigo, and a passion for journal writing. She is also intrigued by his aspiration to write 'a vel in the form of an autobiography' and by his quirky watercolour sketches. Retracing his footsteps - overland and by sea - from his ancestral home in the hills and dales of rthern England to remote parts of the Middle East and Asia, she is often in her own footsteps too. Machell of Crackenthorpe, born in 1824, first demonstrated his yearning for adventure when only twelve, and at sixteen left the family rectory to fulfil his childhood dream of travelling to the East.By chance, he witnessed many important historical events, including the infamous First Opium War and the Indian Mutiny that profoundly affected British-Indian relationships. Machell spent most of his adult life in India, 'the land of my destiny' as he calls it; the author tracks him to the indigo and coffee plantations of rural Bengal and Kerala's Malabar Hills, to little kwn regions of central India; to the China Seas and remote islands of Polynesia and through the deserts of Arabia. This spellbinding book brings to life Machell's untold story, that of a spirited outsider at the time of the British Raj reaching into the future. Serendipity, intuition and an enchanting relationship, as well as the author's quest to uncover the missing years of Machell's life, give this book its magical extra dimension.
- Author BiographyA writer, artist, lecturer and intrepid traveller, she is author of two books on Indigo, and numerous other writings. Jenny was consultant curator for the Whitworth Art gallery's 2007 touring exhibition 'Indigo, a Blue to Dye For' and consultant for two documentary films. An Honorary Research Fellow at Exeter University, and a Fellow of London's Royal Geographical Society, the Royal Asiatic Society and New York's Explorers Club. She is involved in research into dyes in shipwrecks, is a partner in 'Silk Road Connect', an educational initiative launched by cellist Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Project in New York in 2009, lectures internationally and promotes revivals of natural dyes worldwide.
- Author(s)Jenny Balfour-Paul
- PublisherMedina Publishing Ltd
- Date of Publication03/06/2015
- SubjectTravel Writing
- Place of PublicationNewport
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintMedina Publishing Ltd
- Weight816 g
- Width153 mm
- Height223 mm
- Spine3 mm
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