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Mrs. A’s Indian Gentlemen

Nominated | Book Awards 2021 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)

Mrs. A’s Indian Gentlemen

'I think attention is going to be drawn no matter what,' Billy pointed out. 'We're three - well, two and a half - Indians walking through a town that hasn't seen a foreigner since they hanged a monkey 150 years ago thinking it was Napoleon.'

Full Title: Mrs. A’s Indian Gentlemen

Author: Dawood Ali McCallum
Publisher: Hachette India

Award Category: Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
About the Book: 

In 1943, as war rages across Europe, Britain's Great Western Railway (GWR) Works' labour force is comprised of a few men too valuable, old or infirm for active service and thousands of recently recruited women. With critical skills in short supply, the British government looks to the empire to provide vital expertise in the run up to the D-Day invasion.

And that is how railway engineer Imtiaz 'Billy' Khan, logistics supremo Vincent Rosario and maths prodigy Akaash Ray find themselves in Swindon, lodging with the well-intentioned Mrs A, hilariously navigating bland food, faulty toilet cisterns, secret assignments and a mutual distrust of each other.

Sparkling with wit, Mrs A's Indian Gentlemen is a rollicking tale of misadventure that delightfully portrays what happens when cultures collide.

About the Author: 

Neil McCallum, who writes as Dawood Ali McCallum has been travelling extensively in India for more than 40 years and has researched, written about and lectured on historical aspects of several of the Maratha princely states. He is the author of four previous novels, The Final Charge (2014), The Peacock in the Chicken Run (2009), Taz (2007) and The Lords of Alijah (1997). He lives in Swindon with his wife and two children. Find out more at

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