The siege of Cawnpore in 1857 was one of the bloodiest massacres of the Indian Rebellion, and Tom Williams invites us to witness this event through the eyes of John Williamson, an employee of the East India Company.
John has moved to India from Borneo; he finds he is extremely good at his job and falls in love with India as well as a young nobleman in the court of the local lord. The love affair between them helps to cement his new life in India; success and love—what more could anyone want?
Cawnpore is told in the first person and the writing somewhat reflects the Victorian style of “stiff upper lip” values. That, and the subject of the British view of rule, essentially turns India into “Surrey with Sunshine” which, I, personally, I found was not as enticing as the book could have been. However, this novel may have a niche appeal and will have an appreciative audience.
This is a very well presented book; I can find no errors. The author has researched this subject well and obviously has a fondness for this era of history. For anyone who has a love for this period, Cawnpore is probably one for you.