• by Anita Anand
  • Narrated by Tania Rodrigues
  • 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1876, Sophia Duleep Singh was born into Indian royalty. Her father, Maharajah Duleep Singh, was heir to the Kingdom of the Sikhs, one of the greatest empires of the Indian subcontinent, a realm that stretched from the lush Kashmir Valley to the craggy foothills of the Khyber Pass and included the mighty cities of Lahore and Peshawar. It was a territory irresistible to the British, who plundered everything, including the fabled Koh-I-Noor diamond.
Exiled to England, the dispossessed Maharajah transformed his estate at Elveden in Suffolk into a Moghul palace, its grounds stocked with leopards, monkeys, and exotic birds. Sophia, god-daughter of Queen Victoria, was raised a genteel aristocratic Englishwoman: presented at court, afforded grace and favor lodgings at Hampton Court Palace and photographed wearing the latest fashions for the society pages. But when, in secret defiance of the British government, she travelled to India, she returned a revolutionary.
Sophia transcended her heritage to devote herself to battling injustice and inequality, a far cry from the life to which she was born. Her causes were the struggle for Indian Independence, the fate of the lascars, the welfare of Indian soldiers in the First World War - and, above all, the fight for female suffrage. She was bold and fearless, attacking politicians, putting herself in the front line and swapping her silks for a nurse's uniform to tend wounded soldiers evacuated from the battlefields.
Meticulously researched and passionately written, this enthralling story of the rise of women and the fall of empire introduces an extraordinary individual and her part in the defining moments of recent British and Indian history.


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Sophia the Suffraget

This was a fascinating story about an Indian Princess who was also a Suffraget. However I did find the story slow until it reached the section about her political activism - about half way through. The story felt rather pedantic and I would have preferred a more generous interpretation of the historical facts. However, worth reading and a good book to return to as I believe that knowing more about this woman would have made me more attentive to details of her earlier life .
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- Linda

Filled in some gaps: Indian independence/British s

After a visit to India last year I've been reading about people, cultures. This book provides a fascinating look at just one woman, her family, her culture and her fascinating connection to British aristocracy. Especially interested in both the history of her father's 'abdication' and its aftermath as well as such figures as Annie Besant, who established a Theosophical Society community in Ojai, California, which exists today on Krotona Hill associated with Krishnamurti Fndn. Alan Hooker of Ranch House Restaurant fame was an early disciple.
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- June

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-10-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury