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The Kashmir Shawl Spanning decades and moving from the stark beauty of the Welsh landscape to the Himalayas and Kashmir, this is a story of bravery, courage and love Within one exotic land lie the secrets of a lifetime Newlywed Nerys Watkins leaves rural Wales for the first time in her life, to accompany her husband on a missionary posting to India Travelling from lonely Ladakh, high up in the Himalayas, Nerys discovers a new world in the lakeside city of Srinagar Here, in the exquisite heart of Kashmir, the British live on carved wooden houseboats and dance, flirt and gossip as if there is no war But the battles draw ever closer, and life in Srinagar becomes less frivolous when the men are sent away to fight Nerys is caught up in a dangerous friendship, and by the time she is reunited with her husband, the innocent Welsh bride has become a different woman Years later, when Mair Ellis clears out her father s house, she finds an exquisite antique shawl, woven from the finest yarns and embroidered in the shades of lake water and mountain skies Wrapped within its folds is a lock of child s hair Tracing her grandparents roots back to Kashmir, Mair embarks on a quest that will change her life forever


About the Author: Rosie Thomas

Janey King, n e Morris was born on 1947 in Denbigh, Wales, and also grew up in North Wales She read English at Oxford, and after a spell in journalism and publishing began writing fiction after the birth of her first child Published since 1982 as Rosie Thomas, she has written fourteen best selling novels, deal with the common themes of love and loss She is one of only a few authors to have won twice the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists Association, in 1985 with Sunrise, and in 2007 with Iris and Ruby.Janey is an adventurer and once she was established as a writer and her children were grown, she discovered a love of travelling and mountaineering She has climbed in the Alps and the Himalayas, competed in the Peking to Paris car rally, spent time on a tiny Bulgarian research station in Antarctica and travelled the silk road through Asia She currently lives in London.



10 thoughts on “The Kashmir Shawl

  1. Michelle Michelle says:

    I love a bit of trip fiction and this book certainly gives you the feeling of travelling From Wales, India, Pakistan and Switzerland, the descriptions in this novel made these countries come alive Through WW2 to present day this book knocks up years as well as miles, it really is a journey.I wasnt overly keen on the plot if I m honest, it felt flimsy that a shawl would send a woman tr


  2. Alayne Emmett Alayne Emmett says:

    This was a reread for me, I loved it the first time, this time it was like I was reading it for the very first time as I d forgotten a lot of what happened Rosie Thomas is one of my favourite authors so it wasn t difficult to read this again,The descriptions of India were vivid and made you think you were there experiencing the atmosphere and smells and poverty in India in the 1930 s This wa


  3. Bowerbird Bowerbird says:

    I do admire authors who have researched their books well and give a true flavour of places they write about This book has two main storylines in it the modern heroine Mair s adventures in India as she unravels the story of her grandmother, and that of Nerys, the grandmother, a missionary s wife who lived in Kashmir before the war and Independence I read the book while on holiday in Sydney visiting


  4. DubaiReader DubaiReader says:

    An historic saga set in Kashmir.It took me a little while to get into this book at first Some of the descriptions were a bit dense and the swapping of time scales caused some initial confusion However, once I had become familiar with the characters they started to feel like friends, particularly those from the 1940 s time frame.The central character is a very valuable, finely woven and intricately embroid


  5. Kerry Hennigan Kerry Hennigan says:

    Rosie Thomas latest novel, The Kashmir Shawl, is a book I wanted and expected to like very much The story of a woman who explores the unknown history of her late grandmother with the aid of a precious Kashmir shawl promised to be intriguing, with plenty of exotic locations and interesting characters The locations include Wales, Ladakh and Kashmir, plus a few other places along the way We start out following Mair


  6. Anne Anne says:

    I think it s only fair to declare myself as a massive fan of everything Rosie Thomas has ever written And that my favourite stories are always those with a dual time frame And that I have a bit of a thing about India at the moment But even if none of those qualifications applied, this book was a really wonderful read Dual time frame at its best strong modern heroine in Mair, even better historical one in Nerys the newl


  7. Book Concierge Book Concierge says:

    2.5 When her father dies, Mair discovers an exquisite shawl among her parents belongings Neither Mair nor her siblings have ever seen the shawl and can t imagine what it means But they remember that their maternal grandparents had been missionaries in northern India and surmise it was brought back by their grandmother Evenintriguing they find a lock of a child s hair wrapped in the shawl Mair decides to go to Kashmir to try t


  8. Helen Strobridge Helen Strobridge says:

    A wonderfully atmospheric book that I just couldn t put down, telling two parallel stories of a group of British women living in Kashmir during WWII, and the modern day re tracing of their lives by one of their grand daughters I am not always a fan of books set in two time periods, but in this case it was done very well, with the bulk of the book set in the 1940s and long sections of the story told before each swap to the other narr


  9. Jeffrey Jeffrey says:

    The first chapter is a struggle and you ll have to turn pages to get past it with a yawn but when you get to 1940s India the novel takes off.Wonderful descriptions and upper and middle class people we can engage with if stereotyped and you really get a feel for life on the lake in that time Gripping and atmospheric and something to learn But then you go back to the present All we want to do is get back to the past.You might just skim throu


  10. Lynda Hunter Lynda Hunter says:

    I loved this book I read it as past of a Book Club read and others in my group found it a bit tedious and slow I didn t find that at all In fact that was one of the things I really liked about it I felt I was on a journey to Kashmir myself and enjoyed all the little asides which helped me to see it all so clearly in my mind I have always wanted to go to India and probably now will never get the opportunity so it really had a special pull for me I


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