The Tea Planter's Children

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AuthorHouse, Apr 21, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 244 pages

''The Tea Planter''s Children'' is rich, evocative , gentle and beautiful. It is filled with a child's love of place and nature, and manages successfully to enter the reader into a vanished world. Throughout there is a real feeling of a particular time. It describes a childhood at Arnakal, a tea plantation in the hills of Kerala during the early nineteen-thirties, which were years of recession and high unemployment in England and the rise of Fascism in Europe. In India, Mahatma Ghandi, not yet the revered figure we now remember, was campaigning for Independence. Discussed by their parents, these political goings-on were in the background of the children's lives.

''The Tea Planter's Children'' is a recollection of a childhood spent in a remote place with little contact with other European children, where the freedom they were allowed led to hilarious if sometimes nearly disastrous adventures, and describes the discoveries the children made, the unsuitable pets they tried to keep, the wild animals in the surrounding jungle and the eccentricities of the people they knew, until their final unwilling departure for the unknown country their parents called Home.

Sixty years later, the brother and sister returned to stay once more at Arnakal, to find amid all the time-wrought changes, much that was still familiar and beautiful in the place where they had been born.

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About the author (2006)

Born on a remote tea plantation in South India, Eve Baker and her younger brother developed a love of books and of inventing games and stories which became a life-long passion.

At boarding school in England during the 1930s, Eve became the dormitory story-teller, wrote poems and novels in her exercise books and won prizes for stories in the school magazine. While serving in the WAAF during the last war, and afterwards at Art School where she obtained a degree in painting, she continued to write, although she did not submit any of her work for publication.

She married while at Art School, and had five children and later, when they began to leave home, Eve Baker started to concentrate on her writing once more and to join local writing courses. One of the courses evolved into a Writer''s Group, which Eve has hosted for the last fifteen years, writing a story for each weekly session and helping to produce five anthologies. ''The Tea Planter''s Children'' grew from stories written and read at these Group meetings.

Her short stories have been published in ''Passport'' and in ''In Print''.

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