Dust and mangoes
Plain tales and hill stations
in Writing otherwise
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Margaret Beetham, in a fragment of a memoir written ‘otherwise’ (namely in the third person), creates a collage of memory about growing up in India, moving back and forth between her childhood self and the present moment. The child of missionaries, she finds many of her memories and present-day reflections formulated in the language of fragments from the Bible, while recreating an affectionate family scene far removed from strictness and orthodoxy. The clearly-recalled moments – of travel in India, of the loneliness of boarding school, of food, heat, conversation – remain present in many ways in her contemporary present life in England.

Writing otherwise

Experiments in cultural criticism

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