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A Tiger's Wedding - A Childhood in Exile Audiobook

Isla Blair

The actress Isla Blair’s extraordinary, moving and uplifting story of her childhood in India and her separation from her parents. Born in Bangalore India, during the fading days of the Raj, Isla grew up on a tea plantation managed by her father. She spent her early years in the lush, verdant hills of Kerala with her much loved older sister Fiona, secure in the love and affection of her parents and her adored “Ayah”. This warm, spice-scented idyll was abruptly ended when, obliged by tradition and entirely believing they were doing the best for their daughters, her parents sent Isla and her sister “home” to boarding school. She was not quite six years old. But “home” was cold, gloomy, post-war austerity Scotland – a land of liberty bodices, chilblains, icy mornings and dank, drizzly days; an alien land where for several years she nursed an astonishing secret – of which only Fiona was aware. Isla Blair writes lyrically of her beloved India, stoically of term times in spartan English boarding schools and holidays with grandparents and with great humour and vivacity of the time after school when she became one of the youngest students at RADA, training alongside Anthony Hopkins and others and throwing herself fully into life in London in the swinging ‘60s.

The actress Isla Blair’s extraordinary, moving and uplifting story of her childhood in India and her separation from her parents. Born in Bangalore India, during the fading days of the Raj, Isla grew up on a tea plantation managed by her father. She spent her early years in the lush, verdant hills of Kerala with her much loved older sister Fiona, secure in the love and affection of her parents and her adored “Ayah”. This warm, spice-scented idyll was abruptly ended when, obliged by tradition and entirely believing they were doing the best for their daughters, her parents sent Isla and her sister “home” to boarding school. She was not quite six years old. But “home” was cold, gloomy, post-war austerity Scotland – a land of liberty bodices, chilblains, icy mornings and dank, drizzly days; an alien land where for several years she nursed an astonishing secret – of which only Fiona was aware. Isla Blair writes lyrically of her beloved India, stoically of term times in spartan English boarding schools and holidays with grandparents and with great humour and vivacity of the time after school when she became one of the youngest students at RADA, training alongside Anthony Hopkins and others and throwing herself fully into life in London in the swinging ‘60s.
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The actress Isla Blair’s extraordinary, moving and uplifting story of her childhood in India and her separation from her parents. Born in Bangalore India, during the fading days of the Raj, Isla grew up on a tea plantation managed by her father. She spent her early years in the lush, verdant hills of Kerala with her much loved older sister Fiona, secure in the love and affection of her parents and her adored “Ayah”. This warm, spice-scented idyll was abruptly ended when, obliged by tradition and entirely believing they were doing the best for their daughters, her parents sent Isla and her sister “home” to boarding school. She was not quite six years old. But “home” was cold, gloomy, post-war austerity Scotland – a land of liberty bodices, chilblains, icy mornings and dank, drizzly days; an alien land where for several years she nursed an astonishing secret – of which only Fiona was aware. Isla Blair writes lyrically of her beloved India, stoically of term times in spartan English boarding schools and holidays with grandparents and with great humour and vivacity of the time after school when she became one of the youngest students at RADA, training alongside Anthony Hopkins and others and throwing herself fully into life in London in the swinging ‘60s.

Language:

English

Length:

8h 45m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

23:59


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

12:19


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

25:17


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

29:13


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

01:37


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

23:58


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

27:46


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

21:47


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

12:35


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

26:35


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

16:54


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

26:31


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

24:29


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

19:37


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

11:53


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

28:11


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

24:07


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:59


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

24:00


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

23:03


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:19


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

29:36


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

13:11


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

21:06


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

14:33


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

14:04


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:49