Enticed by advertisements for a newly restored palatial hotel and filled with visions of a life of leisure, good weather and mango juice in their gin, a group of very different people leave England to begin a new life in India. On arrival they are dismayed to find the palace is a shell of its former self, the staff more than a little eccentric, and the days of the Raj long gone. But, as they soon discover, life and love can begin again, even in the most unexpected circumstances.
Deborah Moggach is the author of many successful novels including the bestseller Tulip Fever and two collections of short stories. Her screenplays include the film of Pride and Prejudice, which was nominated for a BAFTA. She lives in North London.