Victorian Secrets is pleased to annouce a new critical edition of Alice Perrin’s East of Suez.
Originally published in 1901, East of Suez was Perrin’s first collection of short stories. Her fascinating and thought-provoking tales of Anglo-Indian life rival the best work of Kipling, and were hugely successful in their day. Perrin tells stories of illicit love and betrayal set against a beautifully-drawn backdrop of the mystical east, interweaving the supernatural with exquisite details of her characters’ lives. As the Times wrote in her obituary: “She wrote a simple, unforced style, and the reader feels keenly the heat, the dust, the moonrise, the night calls, and all the sights and sounds and smells of the unchanging East.”
This edition includes a scholarly introduction by Melissa Makala, author biography, suggestions for further reading, explanatory notes, contextual material on the British Raj, and original illustrations from the serialisation of the stories.
For more information, please visit the East of Suez webpage.