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Pick Up Your Parrots and Monkeys and Fall in Facing the Boat: The Life of a Boy Soldier in India (Cassell Military Paperbacks)

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An unusual, vivid coming-of-age story and unforgettable autobiographical portrayal of the last days of the Indian Raj. "Pick up your parrots and monkeys, and fall in facing the boat" was the traditional order given to British soldiers heading home from India. William Pennington overheard the command when he arrived in India at the age of 17 to serve in the horse artillery. ...more
Hardcover, 414 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Cassell
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Mary Simonsen
This is an eye-witness account of the closing days of the Raj. It is written in a self-deprecating style that just draws you in. It also has one of the best titles for a book ever.
Patrick
A real disappointment. There are about 100 pages about his life and 250 pages of a general history of WW2.
David
A fun memoir of British Colonial India in the 1930s. No politics, just nostalgia.
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