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FORMAT: Paperback PRICE: £6.99 PAGES: 160 Pages PUBLICATION DATE: 04/02/2020 ISBN: 9781782693031


Devika Rangachari illus by Amerigo Pinelli

Pushkin Children's Books

The true story of the fearsome Rani of Jhansi, the Indian Queen who took on the EastIndia Trading Company in the Indian Rebellion of 1857

Queen Lakshmibal of Jhansi was an unconventional queen. She could read and write; she rode a horse and wielded a sword; she trained other women to ride and fight alongside her. When the East India Trading Company, who ruled India in the 19thcentury, demanded that she hand over control of Jhansi, she refused. And when an uprising began to stir in 1857, and the British laid siege to her fortress, the warrior queen tied her infant son to her back, mounted her favourite horse, and escaped to raise an army. This is the story of a woman who defied all conventions to become an icon of resistance in colonial-era India.

Selling points

  • An action-packed adventure story, with a fearless female protagonist.
  • Featuring black-and-white illustrations, maps and timelines that will bring this historical story to life.


'Cracking illustrations, true-life stories in the vein of the ladybird books but more substantial ... brilliantly written by proper writers' - Frank Cottrell-Boyce


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