The Last King in India; The Great Uprising in India 1857-1858
A footnote to the Indian Mutiny is here enlarged, polished like a jewel and presented in a dazzling story of resistance against British domination. Loss of personal liberty is set against loss of a kingdom in a subtle and evocative narrative. Warmly recommended.
Writing Fiction; Raw Silk
In this luscious and touching sequel to Amah and the Silk-Winged Pigeons, we follow Wajid ‘Ali Shah, the last King in India, and his ex-wife Begam Hazrat Mahal, as “the world of the past dissolves.” What Jocelyn Cullity has accomplished is the astonishing re-imagination of a time and place, as well as compelling historical characters, that come richly present to our senses. We smell and taste this world. We wear, and relinquish, its jewels. We grieve and rage against its losses.
Leading Men; The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story
“I was a huge fan of Amah & the Silk-Winged Pigeons and so it was with delight to find that Jocelyn Cullity’s thrilling sequel, The Envy of Paradise, continues this important story with the same vivid impact.”
In Progress; The Way to Go Home
Jocelyn Cullity's powerful novel, The Envy of Paradise, illuminates a dark period in India's history. A riveting story of the fall of Lucknow to British imperialism, sensually told through the eyes of Begam Hazrat Mahal and her estranged husband, King Wajid ‘Ali Shah as they attempt reclamation of their heritage. Cullity gives a taut, dramatic account of what it means to endure loss.
The Envy of Paradise tells the little-known story of what happened to those who fought domination by the English in India right up until the bitter end of what some call the first fight for independence in 1858, the year Queen Victoria announced her reign over India. Cullity’s novel is a sensual rendering of an essential part of India’s history – an important read!