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Bryony Hill's 'Scotland to Shalimar' - new book for release Sept 2020

Good morning, hope you're doing OK in lockdown,

A couple of years ago we had the privilege of working on the launch of Bryony Hill's 8thbook: Grow Happy, Cook Happy, Be Happy. At the time, over lunch in her beautiful Sussex garden, we discussed her desire to find time to focus on sifting through the amazing memorabilia she'd found in her loft following the death of her husband, sports TV legend Jimmy Hill. So when we heard that Bryony's 9thbook was in production, that the photographs and historical documents had been studied, and amazing recipes, watercolours, writing and more had been discovered, tracking her ancestors on her mother's side who had made the move from the Highlands of Scotland to India during the reign of Queen Victoria, we couldn't wait to take a look!

Due for release by RedDoor Press on September 3rd2020, we will soon have advance review copies and would be very happy to send them to you via email or to your home address. Please let us know!

Bryony is happy to be interviewed and the publisher is open to providing extracts for media use.

More information is available below in the Advance Information Media Sheet and in the online press

Thanks a lot, 

Helen Lewis

Director - Literally PR



Scotland to Shalimar

By Bryony Hill


"This is a charming book, which captures a side of our history seldom remembered; stoicism and invention in India before the dawn of the Raj, delight in the flowers and landscape, filling time during long days in a foreign land newly under British rule, and a sense of cheerful duty when confronted with the unexpected... Completely enchanting."- Joanna Lumley OBE FRGS

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Many a loft is full of family memorabilia, but Bryony Hill's collection is extraordinary. Packed to the rafters with photographs and historical documents, Bryony Hill has finally achieved her dream of studying those precious albums to reveal a record of her British family who left the Highlands for India during the reign of George III, continuing through to the reign of Queen Victoria, the high noon of the Raj.

InScotland To Shalimar: A Family's Life In Indiayou'll find family portraits dating back to the 18th century, Bryony's ancestor's watercolour images and precious sketches that mingle amongst 22 favourite family recipes, stories of courage, riddles and rhymes - all collected through many generations. This well-researched, fascinating book creates a vivid and unique portrait of life at different stages in the ever-fascinating history of the British and their on-going relationship with India. 

"All the ingredients of life, love, and cooking for a British family in the Raj - I enjoyed every page."-Mary S Lovell, author of The Mitford Girls and The Riviera Set


About the Author

Coming from Sussex where Bryony Hill was also educated, after a year at Brighton College of Art, she spent four years in France after which, on returning to England, she met and eventually married the television sports presenter Jimmy Hill.

Scotland to Shalimar - a Family's Life in India is Bryony's ninth book and follows the lives of her mother's family, six generations of whom were born in India. Apart from writing, Bryony is a keen gardener, painter and cook and, when she came across a collection of her great-great grandmother's and great-grandmother's recipes, the seed was sown to dig deep into her ancestors' history and lives.

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Title:Scotland To Shalimar

Sub-title:A Family's Life In India

Author:Bryony Hill

Genre:Memoir, Non-Fiction, History, Family, Food, Gardening

Publisher:RedDoor Press

Publication date:Sep 3 2020

Availability:Hardback, eBook


Number of pages:288

Price:HB £20


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