The Mission House (Hardback)
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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 06/08/2020
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Charting an English librarian’s search for life’s meaning at a hill station in Southern India, The Mission House is a powerful and subtly subversive exploration of political, religious and personal attempts to reconcile the past and the present.

Fleeing the dark undercurrents of contemporary life in Britain, Hilary Byrd takes refuge in Ooty, a hill station in South India. There he finds solace in life's simple pleasures, travelling by rickshaw around the small town with his driver Jamshed and staying in a mission house beside the local presbytery where the Padre and his adoptive daughter Priscilla have taken Hilary under their wing. The Padre is concerned for Priscilla's future, and as Hilary's friendship with the young woman grows, he begins to wonder whether his purpose lies in this new relationship. But religious tensions are brewing and the mission house may not be the safe haven it seems. The Mission House boldly and imaginatively explores post-colonial ideas in a world fractured between faith and non-belief, young and old, imperial past and nationalistic present. Tenderly subversive and meticulously crafted, it is a deeply human fable of the wonders and terrors of connection in a modern world.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781783784301
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 348 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 15 mm

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