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The Lost Homestead by Marina Wheeler

The Lost Homestead: My Mother, Partition and the Punjab

Marina Wheeler

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Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: 12 Nov 2020
ISBN: 9781473677746

Through her mother's memories, accounts from her Indian family and her own research in both India and Pakistan, constitutional and human rights lawyer, Marina Wheeler, explores how the peoples of these new nations struggled to recover and rebuild their lives.

4 stars out of 5
Sonia Purnell
12 Nov 2020

"Marina Wheeler tells the story of her much-loved Sikh-born mother and the loss of her home in the dislocation and violence that marked the birth of Pakistan, in spare, lyrical prose"

‘Ketchupgate’ was forever seen within the family as Dip finally seeking a voice independent of her marriage to a large personality to whom she always took second place. This melancholic book, although a little contrived at times, seeks to do the same for her daughter. ‘I was indeed on a journey,’ as Wheeler remarks, ‘about what we have, what we lose and what we rebuild.’  


3 stars out of 5
6 Nov 2020

"The harrowing events of 1947 come to life in this personal history"

The Lost Homestead is a response to this diasporic predicament. Wheeler too had picked up a vague chronology, but didn’t know the story of her own family. Her mother, Dip — a member of the dwindling generation of Indians who lived through partition — was always reticent about the past. But Wheeler sought to document it before it was too late. Now, by narrating partition with a focus on her mother’s family, the Singhs, she has made the abstractions of history suddenly more real: they are given names, faces and feelings.