Author(s): Helena Drysdale

Biography & Memoir

In 1834, when Isabella Campbell was twenty-four, she left England for India, where she met the man that would become her husband: Charles Gascoyne. Life settled into a routine, but there was upheaval ahead, on a scale no-one could have expected: after twenty-six years in India, Charles decided the family would leave for New Zealand; Isabella, who was unwell, would return to England, and rejoin her husband and children later. In fact, it would be over a year before Isabella was reunited with her family ÃÂâÃÂÃÂÃÂàor not, as it turned out. Arriving in New Zealand, Isabella discovered the children's governess had become her husband's lover; Charles blamed Isabella for the failure of their marriage ÃÂâÃÂÃÂÃÂàa marriage she had not even realised was under threat.


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Helena Drysdale is the author of four highly acclaimed travel books: Alone Through China and Tibet, Dancing with the Dead, Looking for George: Love and Death in Romania (which was shortlisted for the Esquire/Apple/Waterstone's Non-Fiction Award and the J.R. Ackerley Award for Autobiography) and Mother Tongues: Travels Through Tribal Europe. She lives in Somerset.

General Fields

  • : 9780330411707
  • : Pan Macmillan
  • : Picador
  • : April 2007
  • : United Kingdom
  • : May 2019
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Helena Drysdale
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : 993.021092
  • : 416
  • : illustrations