An advert in the "Calcutta Gazette" is looking for an apprentice draughtsman to accompany a scholar on an expedition to record avian life in Bengal. How can Anila Tandy, left to fend for herself in a city of rogues, dare to apply for a position that is clearly not meant for her? But the talented "Bird Girl of Calcutta" has never shrunk from a challenge. And perhaps this voyage up the Ganges might be just the thing to equip Anila in her search for her father, missing for years and presumed dead.
Mary Finn worked for years as a magazine journalist with Radio Telefis Eireann, the Irish broadcasting service. She lives in Dublin with her son and works as a freelance writer. Anila's Journey is her debut novel and was inspired by an original 18th century portrait which hangs in the National Gallery of Ireland (and now graces the front cover), as well as a lifelong fascination with India.