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***Winner of the Virginia Prize for Fiction*** As small children, Rudyard Kipling and his sister Trix lived an enchanted life in India playing with their beloved servants and running around freely. Their incent happiness came to an abrupt end when they were sent back to England to live with strangers and forced to conform to the strict rules of Edwardian society in an alien country. Both brother and sister grew up to become writers, although one lived in the shadow of the other's genius. Rudyard Kipling's incredible life is kwn to many while his poetry and books have been read by millions a but what became of his talented younger sister? Her story, full of love and lies, became a distressing family secret that was hidden from the world...Mary Hamer has unearthed the truth about Alice Kipling, kwn to her family affectionately as Trix. In this fictionalised account of their lives, the author goes to the heart of the relationship between a difficult brother and his troubled sister and explores how their early lives shaped the very different people they were later to become.
Mary Hamer travels widely and has lectured in many countries. Her work has appeared in The Economist, The Guardian and The Independent. She has contributed to television and radio programmes, such as In Search of Cleopatra, Women's Hour and Night Waves. Mary began her career teaching at Cambridge University but soon found that research was her real passion. Ever since Rudyard Kipling lit her imagination as a child, Mary had wanted to write about him. Later, she realised that the story of his sister, Trix, was just as compelling. To explore the impact of their daunting early experience on their lives and work as adults, she set out to research the facts in libraries and archives. But it was visiting the places where they lived, from Mumbai to Cape Town, that brought them closer to her. In Naulakha, the house Kipling built in Vermont, Mary slept in his bedroom and soaked in his own bath. For the intimate story she had to tell, she decided it had to be fiction. Kipling & Trix is her fifth book and first novel.