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Raffles: And the Golden Opportunity [Hardcover]

Victoria Glendinning
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'Majestic, capacious, compelling and clear-sighted' -- Daily Telegraph

'Magical and meticulous' -- Daily Express

'Spirited, fluent and immaculately researched ... Glendinning's book, with its breezy prose and brisk judgments, makes a splendid tribute to a great British character the kind of man who gives empire a good name.' -- Sunday Times

'Easy paced, absorbing' -- Independent

'Magnificent . . . By honing in on such a great life for her first non-literary biography Ms Glendinning is in danger of giving imperialism a good name' -- Economist

'Glendinning's gift is delivering a story that moves with the alacrity of an absorbing novel. ' -- Scotsman

'A sparkling new life of Raffles . . . compellingly related by Glendinning . . . unputdownable . . . Glendinning has rescued Raffles from decades of neglect and post-colonial guilt. Vivid, beautifully written and a terrific read, this is a wonderful biography.' --Literary Review

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The first biography in decades of the 'Father of Singapore'

About the Author

Victoria Glendinning is a prizewinning biographer, the author of lives of Elizabeth Bowen, Vita Sackville-West, Edith Sitwell, Trollope and Leonard Woolf. She has also written three novels, The Grown-Ups, Electricity and Flight. She is a Vice-President of English PEN, Vice-President of the Royal Society of Literature and was awarded a CBE in 1998. Born in Yorkshire, she now lives in Somerset. www.rafflesbook.co.uk
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