The House of Jaipur

The Inside Story of India's Most Glamorous Royal Family

August 2021 9781787385566 352pp
16pp colour illus
Available as an eBook

Description

The Jaipurs were India’s mid-century golden couple; its answer to the Kennedys, or Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Jai and Ayesha, as they were known to friends like Frank Sinatra, Truman Capote and ‘Dickie’ Mountbatten, entertained lavishly at their magnificent palaces and hunting lodges in Rajasthan—and in the nightclubs of London, Paris and New York. But as the Raj gave way to the new India, Jaipur—the most glamorous and romantic of the princely states—had to find its place.

The House of Jaipur charts a dynasty’s determination to remain relevant in a democracy set on crushing its privileges. Against the odds, they secured their place at the height of Indian society; but Ayesha would pay for her criticism of Indira Gandhi during the Emergency.

From the polo field and politics to imprisonment and personal tragedy, the Jaipurs’ extraordinary journey of transformation mirrors the story of a rapidly changing country.

Reviews

‘John Zubrzycki does an impressive job of … building up a memorable picture of a glittering family brought to its knees.’ — Daily Mail

‘Thrilling, deeply satisfying … a must-read.’ — The Week

‘As historian John Zubrzycki dives into the lives of India’s most powerful ruling family in a new book, we look at the power players, past and present, of the grand royal dynasty.’ — Tatler

‘A riveting saga … assiduously researched.’ — India Today

Author(s)

John Zubrzycki has worked in India as a foreign correspondent and diplomat, with a doctorate from the University of New South Wales and a background in South Asian history and Hindi. William Dalrymple chose his Empire of Enchantment, also published by Hurst, as a Book of the Year.  

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