Author(s): Helena Drysdale
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 ÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ or 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 ÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ a marriage she had not even realised was under threat.
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.