Kipling Sahib: India and the Making of Rudyard Kipling

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Little, Brown, 2007 - Authors, English - 426 pages
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Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay in 1865 and spent his early years there, before being sent, aged six, to England, a desperately unhappy experience. Charles Allen's great-grandfather brought the sixteen-year-old Kipling out to Lahore to work on The Civil and Military Gazette with the words 'Kipling will do', and thus set young Rudyard on his literary course. And so it was that at the start of the cold weather of 1882 he stepped ashore at Bombay on 18 October 1882 - 'a prince entering his kingdom'. He stayed for seven years during which he wrote the work that established him as a popular and critical, sometimes controversial, success.Charles Allen has written a brilliant account of those years ? of an Indian childhood and coming of age, of abandonment in England, of family and Empire. He traces the Indian experiences of Kipling's parents, Lockwood and Alice and reveals what kind of culture the young writer was born into and then returned to when still a teenager. It is a work of fantastic sympathy for a man ? though not blind to Kipling's failings ? and the country he loved.

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User Review  - Lesley - Goodreads

Fascinating story of the inspirations behind Kipling's writing. Read full review

Review: Kipling Sahib: India and the Making of Rudyard Kipling

User Review  - Edoardo Albert - Goodreads

An engaging and interesting account of Kipling's childhood in India, his unhappy return to England at the age of six, and his return to the country of his birth after he left school, and the six and a ... Read full review

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Allen was born in India, where six generations of his family served under the Raj.

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