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Book based on Arunachal wins UK award for historical fiction: -

A book, which tells the story of the Apatani tribe of Arunachal Pradesh during British India, has bagged the M M Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction 2016 in the UK.  Stuart Blackburn was presented the award at the HNS Conference in Oxford for his novel "Into the Hidden Valley". The book, published by Speaking Tiger, looks into a little-known episode in the colonial history of British India. Blackburn vividly brings alive the world of the Apatanis. "Into the Hidden Valley" was chosen for the award ahead of Helena Page Schrader's "Defender of Jerusalem" and "Allegiance" by Kermit Roosevelt. The award is named in memory of writer-historian Bennetts who was a specialist in early 19th century British history and the Napoleonic wars. The novel dramatizes the colonial encounter with tribes by telling two stories, one of a British official and the other of a tribesman. He is the author or editor of 16 books on Indian culture and folklore, m

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