Susan Morgan”s — Bombay Anna *****

Susan Morgan”s — Bombay Anna *****

This is a fascinating biography of Anna Leonowens who pretended to be British, covering up her past, even from her children, to become the nanny to the King of Siam’s children; travel the world; then settle in Canada to raise her family during the Victorian era when other women stayed at home.

The movie, The King and I, was loosely based on Anna’s time as a nanny in the Siamese court. But her life was far more adventurous than just those days in Thailand.

I’m not a big non-fiction reader, but I had to admire the strength of this woman and Morgan’s well written research on this colourful character.

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