ACKERLEY, Joe Randolph. Hindoo Holiday: an Indian Journal. London, Chatto & Windus, 1932.
8vo. Original brown cloth with wrapper designed by Brien, not price-clipped; pp. xi, 341; wrapper a little darkened and with a few short marginal tears, otherwise a very good copy.
First edition. 'Hindoo Holiday combined pefectly the charm of the first-rate travel travel book, and the excitement of candid autobiography. In Mr Ackerley's hands the story of a six month's sojourn at the Court of the Maharajah of "Chokrapur" becomes a gay satire on autocracy, a living picture of a small corner of India, and, at the same time, a vivacious tribute to the character of it's eccentric ruler' (rear panel of dust-wrapper).
One of the closest friends of E. M. Forster was Ackerly. 'Hindoo Holiday [is] based on his Indian diaries. In spite of many excisions on the grounds of libel and obscenity, the book's sly humour and brilliant character-drawing ensured excellent sales and consolidated his reputation' (ODNB).