When I first reviewed A Blonde Bengali Wife, Anne Hamilton’sÂ travelÂ autobiography ofÂ her time as a volunteer in Bangladesh, I was awed by her accomplishments but I never imagined that these might extend to takingÂ over Lothian Life.
I still don’t know whether it is Anne’s positive attitude to the world that enabled her to see pastÂ the corruption, the desperation and the expectations â€“ or lack of them, in this often forgotten country.Â I do know that I would not have coped anything like as wellÂ were I to find myself in a similar situation, the only white person, a woman at that, who doesnâ€™t speak the language. I could not copeÂ with the food, the toilets, the squalor, the apparent helplessness of it all without collapsing in despair at least once a day, and I knowÂ I would neverÂ have become a ginger Bengali wife.
Anne not only survived with a smile on her face, sheÂ returns Â regularly, nowÂ with her son, Simon, to visit the charity she was moved to set up,Â Bholaâ€™s Children, which provides home and education for disabled children, whose parents can not care for them.
The profits from sales of this book go to this charity, which is one good reason to buy it. Another is that it is simply a very enjoyable read, with warm, charming, surprisingly pragmatic characters who will endear themselves to you. And just to prove it, the new, re-edited A Blonde Bengali WifeÂ has become an Amazon Kindle eBook Bestseller in ALL the categories in which it’s marketed (UK and dotcom) and even hit #1 in the UK’s World Literature/Asia.