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Patrick Wheeler and Hubert Pragnell, both active members of the East Kent Branch of OUS have recently had books published and it is with great pleasure that we bring them to your attention.
  •  Hubert Pragnell: York: An artists View, an Architectural Guide
Published by Northern Arts Publications, Huddersfield ISBN: 978-1-909837-22-5  136pp  on high quality art paper RRP £20. A substantial introduction to the history of York & its architectural heritage with approximately ninety of Hubert’s own illustrations in  watercolour and ink & wash covering the main streets and principal buildings within the wall and not least the Minster. The aim is for it to act not only as a guide to York but also the development of English architectural style from the Roman period with York being one of the few British cities which an show substantial remains for each period from the Roman.  There is a glossary and bibliography. RRP£20.
Further details can be obtained from Northern Arts Publications website:  http://jeremymillspublishing.co.uk/bookshop/index.php
  •  Patrick Wheeler: Ribbons Among the Rajahs  A history of Women in India before the Raj

Published by Pen and Sword History ISBN: 9781473893276 246pp RRP £25. From the mid-eighteenth century onwards, British women started travelling in any numbers to the East Indies, mostly to accompany husbands, brothers or fathers. Very little about them is recorded from the earlier years, about the remarkable journeys that they made and what drove them to travel those huge distances. Some kept journals, others wrote letters, and for the first time Patrick Wheeler tells their story in this fascinating and colourful history, exploring the little-known lives of these women and their experiences of life in India before the Raj. With a perceptive approach, Ribbons Among the Rajahs considers all aspects of women’s lives in India, from the original discomfort of traversing the globe and the complexities of arrival through to creating a home in a tight-knit settlement community. It considers, too, the effects of the subservience of women to the needs of men and argues for the fusion of European and Indian cultures that existed before imperial times.

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