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First UK edition, first print hardback of THE DAY OF THE SCORPION The second novel in The Raj Quartet, by Paul Scott and published by William Heinemann Ltd., London, in 1968.

The book is in very good condition (clean black cloth boards and gilt lettering on the spine) with a little wear to the dust jacket, which is not price clipped (minor creasing and rubbing to edges, two one inch closed tears to the front top edge and a thumbnail closed tear to the back top edge). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no inscriptions.

English novelist, playwright, and poet Paul Scott was born in London in 1920. He served in the army from 1940 to 1946, mainly in India and Malaya. He is the author of thirteen distinguished novels. His writing career began in earnest with his first novel Johnny Sahib in 1952.

He is best known for his chronicling of the decline of the British occupation of India, most fully realized in his series of novels known as his monumental The Raj Quartet which was filmed for television as The Jewel in the Crown in 1984.

The four volumes in The Raj Quartet are; The Jewel in the Crown (1966), The Day of the Scorpion (1968), The Towers of Silence (1971), and A Division of the Spoils (1975).

Some of the characters are carried through to a further novel called Staying On (1977), which won the Booker Prize. All of Scott’s works employ Indian themes or characters, even those set outside India.

His early novels, such as Johnnie Sahib (1952), The Mark of the Warrior (1958), and The Chinese Love Pavilion, address moral conflicts of British army officers in the East.

Paul Scott died in 1978.

The Day of the Scorpion is set in British India of the 1940s. it follows on the from the storyline in the The Jewel in the Crown.

"The second title in Paul Scott's masterpiece, The Raj Quartet The arrest by British police of ex-Chief Minister Mohammed Ali Kasim, who is known to sympathise with the Quit India movement, signifies a further deterioration in Anglo-Indian relations.

For families such as the Laytons, who have lived and served in India for generations, the immediate social and political realities are both disturbing and tragic. With growing confusion and bewilderment, the British are forced to confront the violent and often brutal years that lie ahead of them."

'I can't think of anything worth knowing about the Raj in India that Scott hasn't told me - His contribution to literature is permanent' - New York Times

'An achievement of unusual dimensions and power' - Observer

'Beautifully constructed - An even richer tapestry of Indian and British character than its predecessor' - Sunday Times

483 pages.

ISBN: 434 68109 1

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