"The Fourth and final title is a moving and fitting conclusion to Paul Scott's masterpiece, The Raj Quartet As the British presence moves inexorably into its last days, the fall of the Empire signals the end of an era, and a new beginning. For the Hindus and Muslims, the political reality signals inevitable post-war recrimination and future territorial wrangles. And for the British - for the Laytons, Merrick and Guy Perron - the final partings are swallowed into the great upheaval. Quite simply, monumental' - Washington Post It's two great and time-resisting virtues are, first, the extraordinary range of characters it so skilfully portrays and second, its powerful evocation of the last days of British India'- Times Literary Supplement uthor Bio- - Paul Scott was born in London in 1920. He served in the army from 1940 to 1946, mainly in India and Malaya. He is the author of thirteen distinguished novels including his famous The Raj Quartet. In 1977, Staying On won the Booker Prize. Paul Scott died in 1978.