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The Pagoda Tree


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Love, loss, fate, exile- a tale of two cultures colliding in 18th-century India.

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Claire Scobie is an award-winning British journalist and author who has lived and worked in the UK, India and Australia. Her travel memoir, Last Seen in Lhasa, won the 2007 Dolman Best Travel Book Award. In 2017, a new memoir, A Baboon in the Bedroom, co-authored with her mother Patricia Scobie, is being released. She has written for numerous publications, including the Daily Telegraph and the Observer. Through her consultancy, Wordstruck, Claire advises companies and leaders on how to harness the power of storytelling as a strategic business tool. She runs writing courses in Australia, Asia and the UK, and mentors writers one-on-one. In 2013, she completed a Doctorate of Creative Arts at Western Sydney University. The Pagoda Tree is her first novel.



"A novel to be savoured ... Its layering, the unravelling of the story, the subtext of the fortunes made and lost on cotton and silk, the evocative descriptions of saris themselves are all part of [its] tapestry." * Sydney Morning Herald *
"Women's stories are rarely told in history, nor particularly honoured. The Pagoda Tree offers a powerful, sensual perspective on a time of great transformation in India." -- Sarah Macdonald, author of HOLY COW
"Claire Scobie's seductive prose and immaculate layering of period detail capture India at her most exotic." -- Susan Kurosawa, The Australian travel editor and author of CORONATION TALKIES
"A rich and enthralling story handled with great skill by someone with a profound understanding of her material." -- David Roach, screenwriter and film director, Beneath Hill 60 and Red Obsession
"[The Pagoda Tree] offers new ways of seeing the past." * Canberra Times *

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