BACSA Books

Monographs on aspects of life in India during the British Raj.

Books still in print are priced at £4, Residual copies of those out of print are sometimes available priced at £10. Post and packing is added in all cases. All may be consulted in the British Library or the other UK copyright libraries.

Orders and enquiries should be sent to:

BACSA Books, 26 Northchurch Terrace, London, N1 4EG Email: bacsabooks@bacsa.org.uk Please await invoice before sending payment.

In Print (£4 each)

Above the Heron’s Pool Heather Lovatt and Peter de Jong, 1993, 182pp
ISBN 0 907799 51 5
A story of the Peermade/Vandiperiyar District of Travancore from 1847 based on the Baker and Munro families who transformed this wild and uncharted area into a thriving sector of the plantation industry. For the genealogist there are family trees and a copy of the church registers. 20 illustrations, 2 maps

An American Memsahib in India: The Letters and Diaries of Irene Mott Bose 1920-1951 Patricia Owens (ed), 2006, 230pp
ISBN 0 907799 85 X
Her Indian diary and letters vividly record her time among local villagers and the cultural complexities encountered. As the wife of an Indian High Court judge she observed the British, entertained viceroys and visited Gandhi. 20 illustrations

The British Residency in Hyderabad Omar Khalidi, 2005, 120pp
ISBN 0 907799 83 3
The story of the Hyderabad Residency and the Residents who lived in it. A princely state until 1948, ruled by the fabulously wealthy Nizams who saw themselves as heir to the Mughal Empire and retained much old world charm and many curious customs. 20 illustrations

The Calcutta of Begum Johnson Ivor Edwards-Stuart, 1990, 180pp
ISBN 0 907799 34 5 15
Illustrations, 5 maps

Follow My Bangalorey Man Paul Byron Norris, 1996, 180pp
ISBN 0 907799 56 6
A panorama of Bangalore in the 1920s and 1930s through the eyes of the author during his childhood and schooldays. Illustrations and maps

“Hellfire Jack!” VC: General Sir William Olpherts 1822-1902 Peter Collister, 1989, 198pp
ISBN 0 907799 33 7 20
Illustrations, 5 maps

The Kashmir Residency—Memories of 1939 and 1940 Evelyn Désirée Battye, 1997, 150pp
ISBN 0 907799 59 0
A vivid account of life in the Residency as seen through the eyes of a young woman, newly arrived in India to work as the personal assistant to the Resident. 33 illustrations, map

Memoirs of an Adventurous Dane in India: 1904-1947 August Peter Hansen, 1999, 231pp
ISBN 0 907799 64 7
The story of a young Danish sailor, stranded through illness in Calcutta. He joins the City Police, works for Birla on security and finally as a customs officer. 38 illustrations

“Missy Baba” to “Burra Mem”: the Life of a Planter’s Daughter in Northern India: 1913-1970 Joan Allen, 1998, 165pp
ISBN 0 907799 60 4
A childhood in Bihar, marrying a planter who goes off to the War leaving her with their children; later supporting him as a political officer and in the tea industry. 38 illustrations, map

Peacock Dreams Bill Tydd, 1986, 203pp
ISBN 0 907799 14 0
Reminiscences of a police officer in Burma, 1929-1942. 30 illustrations, map

Policing the Raj Leslie Robin, 1985, 120pp
ISBN 0 950991 60 0

A Railway Family in India Patrick Hugh Stevenage, 2001, 144pp
ISBN 0 907799 77 9
A family saga spanning five generations in a 200-year cycle of emigrating from England, becoming part of the Anglo-Indian community in and around Madras, until finally returning to England and British Rail. 33 illustrations

A Squire of Hindoostan Narindar Saroop, 1983

Statues of the Raj Mary Ann Steggles, 2000, 240pp
ISBN 0 907799 74 4
An illustrated catalogue of over 60 of the largely forgotten statues of the British in South Asia including viceroys, governors, bishops, soldiers, teachers and philanthropists, with details of sculptors and biographical notes. 98 illustrations

Ulysses in the Raj Paul Byron Norris, 1992, 198pp
ISBN 0 907799 46 9
The story of Greek trade in India and the Hellenic presence in Bengal and Northern India from the time of the “Company”. This unique account follows the fortunes of notable families from their origins in Europe. 13 illustrations, 4 maps

Under Malabar Hill: Letters from India: 1928-1933 Maisie Wright, 1988, 208pp
ISBN 0 907799 29 9
Social work among women in Bombay. 30 illustrations, map

Who Was Dr Jackson? Two Calcutta Families: 1830-1855 Mary Bennett, 2002, 132pp
ISBN 0 907799 78 7
The doctor, in his unbroken twenty-five-year career in Bengal, rose to become a professor of the fledgling Calcutta Medical College. He married a Pattle making this a fascinating study of two families with their Calcutta-Bloomsbury connections. illustrations

Willingly to War Paul Byron Norris, 2004, 200pp
ISBN 0 907799 81 7
A young emergency commissioned officer’s impressions of the Indian Army during the Second World War. First as a cadet at Dehra Dun, then as an officer on the North-West Frontier, followed by a period on the North-East Frontier and Burma. 8 illustrations

Out of Print (£10 each if available)

And Then Garhwal Audrey Baylis, 1981,
ISBN 0 907799 00 0 (Out of stock)
Illustrations, map

Bombay Buccaneers: Memories and Reminiscences of the Royal Indian Navy: 1927-1947 Jack Hastings (ed), 1986, 267pp
ISBN 0 907799 15 9 23 (Out of stock)
illustrations

The Burma of “AJ”: memoirs of A J S White A JS White, 1991, 244pp
ISBN 0 907799 39 6 (Out of stock)

Canals and Campaigns: an engineer officer in India, 1877-1885 / Sir George Scott Moncrieff Martha C S Moncrieff (ed), 1987, 174pp.
ISBN 0 907799 20 5 (Out of stock)
Illustrations, maps

Far frontiers: people and events in North-eastern India 1857-1947 John Whitehead, 1989, 204pp
ISBN 0 907799 31 0 (Out of stock)
Maps, portraits

The Fighting Ten Evelyn Desiree Battye, 1984, 240pp
ISBN 0 907799 09 4 (Out of stock)
Maps, portraits

Forest Families Mary McDonald Ledzion, 1991, 138pp
ISBN 0 907799 38 8 (Out of stock)

Free Mariner: John Adolphus Pope in the East Indies, 1786-1821 Anne Bulley (ed), 1992, 244pp
ISBN 0 907799 41 8 (Out of stock)
Maps, portraits

The Gordon Creeds in Afghanistan, 1839 and 1878-79 William Trousdale (ed), 1984, 189pp
ISBN 0 907799 08 6 2 (Out of stock)
maps, 2 portraits

The Ilberts in India: an imperial miniature Mary Bennet, 1995, 204pp
ISBN 0 907799 54 X (Out of stock)
Maps, portraits

In the Shade of Kanchenjunga Jennifer Fox, 1993, 166pp
ISBN 0 907799 49 3 (Out of stock)

India Served and Observed William and Mildred Archer, 1994, 171pp
ISBN 0 907799 53 1 (Out of stock)
A joint husband-and-wife autobiography of their time in Bihar from 1931 to independence, reflecting their passionate interest in Indian art and culture. 25 illustrations, map

India—Sunshine and Shadows Betsy Macdonald, 1988, 148pp
ISBN 0 907799 26 4 1 (Out of stock)
Map, portraits

Married to the Raj Margaret Martyn, 1992, 126pp
ISBN 0 907799 48 5 (Out of stock)

Merchant Prince: memories of India 1929-1958 Sir Owain Jenkins, 1987, 256pp
ISBN 0 907799 25 6 (Out of stock)
Maps, portraits

Morning Drum John Christie, 1983, 147pp
ISBN 0 907799 043 (Out of stock)

On Honourable Terms: the memoirs of some Indian police officers, 1915-1948 Martin Wynne (ed), 1985, 248pp
ISBN 0 907799 13 2 (Out of stock)
Maps, portraits

‘Send Malcolm!’: the life of Major-General Sir John Malcolm 1769-1833 Rodney Pasley, 1982, 198pp
ISBN 0 907799 01 9 (Out of stock)
Illustrations, maps, plans, portraits

Under the Old School Topee Hazel Innes Craig, 1990, 185pp
ISBN 0 907799 35 3 (Out of stock)

Second-hand books

BACSA also has available a large number of second-hand books on any and every aspect of Asian history, geography, biography, architecture, archaeology, flora and fauna, travel and current affairs. The main focus is on the subcontinent of India but holdings include books on Central Asia and the Far East. Lists of those available for purchase (at very reasonable prices) are sent out half-yearly to all BACSA members. The funds raised help to pay for BACSA’s cemetery restoration projects.

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