Published November 1st, 2017
Nita’s story continues. She and Rikh arrive in Madras. Rikh’s squadron is based in Ambala, one of India’s oldest military bases and head of operations for the Combined Allied Forces. Rikh takes part in bombing raids on Burma. Bored and miserable, Nita has an affair with a young pilot. She leaves Rikh and goes to Lahore, ‘the Paris of the East’. She discovers she is pregnant when the Second World War ends and communal violence is building up all over India. After meeting up again briefly with Lal, an Indian Prince, Nita finally moves to Dehra Dun. In an orgy of violence, India at last achieves her independence.
“Just the sort of book I love. Set in an era where people like Nita were beginning to overturn prejudice and live a life of their own choosing. In times of great instability and drama this book reminds you to appreciate the courage of that generation. It covers aspects of that time I was previously unaware of and which I learned about with great interest through Nita’s story.”
“From an impoverished childhood in London to the opulence of Lahore and Delhi at the height of the Raj, journey with Nita through a world at war, political unrest and her life, loves and losses. War Changes Everything is a captivating coming-of-age story, which together with the second novel, Midnight Legacy, draws you into Nita’s fascinating world, which spans two continents, until you feel she has become a lifelong friend.”
Penny Culliford, author
The first novel about Nita is War Changes Everything.