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Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer Paperback – 21 Jun 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; (Reissue) edition (21 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006376010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006376019
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.1 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 436,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Breathtakingly accomplished.’ Jonathan Keats, Observer

‘I cannot begin to do justice to the skill and the fun of this happy work. Younghusband is a glorious biography, fair, frank, and always interesting. They don’t come much more enjoyable than this.’ Jan Morris, Independent

‘I found myself reading through the night. This is a rare gem of a book.’ Fiammetta Rocco, Independent on Sunday

‘A charming biography which mingles travel with impressive research.’ Ian Thomson, Sunday Times

‘This is a wonderful book: beautifully written, wise, balanced, fair, funny and above all extremely original…an altogether brilliant debut.’ William Dalrymple, Spectator

Praise for ‘Liberty or Death’:

‘Brilliant…There can surely now be no serious doubt French is the most impressive Western historian of modern India currently at work.’ Frank McLynn, Glasgow Herald

‘Well researched, beautifully written and immensely scholarly.’ Andrew Roberts, Sunday Times

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"Breathtakingly accomplished… Ranks as one of the year's most thrilling biographies"
JONATHAN KEATES, 'Observer'

"The soldier, mystic and explorer Francis Younghusband, who fulfilled the romantic dreams of the late British Empire, was once as legendary a figure as Marco Polo or Lawrence of Arabia. He lives again most vividly and entertainingly in Patrick French's remarkable book. Deftly interweaving his own research adventures with his subject's exploits, he ingeniously brings immediacy and historical perspective to his narrative. From its endearing Introduction to its revelatory Epilogue, this is a story full of excitement and insight, humour and curiosity"
MICHAEL HOLROYD

"I cannot begin to do justice to the skill and fun of this happy work… 'Younghusband' is a glorious biography, fair, frank, and always interesting… They don't come much more enjoyable than this."
JAN MORRIS, 'Independent'

"A brilliant and sensitive portrait of one of the foremost players of the Great Game. A remarkable achievement."
PETER HOPKIRK

"'Younghusband' is a charming biography which mingles travel with impressive research."
IAN THOMPSON, 'Sunday Times'

"This is a wonderful book: beautifully written, wise, balanced, fair, funny and above all extremely original… in his strange and riveting tale of Younghusband's metamorphosis, Patrick French has made an altogether brilliant debut, and it seems extremely unlikely that a more amusing or more innovative biography will be written this decade."
WILLIAM DALRYMPE, 'Spectator'

"This truly is a brilliant book, and brilliantly funny as well."
JOHN KEEGAN, 'Daily Telegraph'

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This is a fascinating account of an unusual character. Sir Francis certainly had an extraordinary life - from leading an invasion of Tibet to profound mystical experiences. Patrick French does a very good job in sharing this story. You feel he is sympathetic, but doesn't slip into hagiography and is careful to let the facts speak for themselves. If I had one criticism, it would be mingling his own story of writing the book amidst the life of Younghusband. This story and writing was fine, but I would have preferred reading the life of Younghusband without interruption.
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I was lucky enough to have my own adventure in Tibet in 1993. Crossing through thousands of miles of forbidden territory across Tibet, I developed a love of the country and its people. It was during my time in Gyantse (Tibet) that I heard of Younghusband for the first time. I possibly should have known more about it, but was more captivated by the inaccessibility and mystery of the country. When this book was first published I bought it and learnt about this great Imperial adventurer. I didn't feel I liked him much, with his colonial and jingoistic tendencies.

I have just read the book again. Having read more widely about Tibet, the Great Game and exploration of Central Asia I wanted to refresh my knowledge of Younghusband. Not only did I feel more forgiving of Younghusband this time, I also thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. I found it difficult to put down. This is a really well written biography and the style almostr incorporates an element of travelogue with French retracing Younghusband's steps. It's an approach that I enjoyed, as it keeps the reading fresh and the events of a hundred years ago in a modern context.

Younghusband certainly filled his life to the max. The diversity between his activity and attitudes before and after the invasion of Tibet is marked. Patrick French has left no stone unturned in trying to paint an accurate picture of a complicated person at an interesting time in history at the end of Empire
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for someone to have covered so much in their life - from soldier of Empire to interwar mystic. French gets the detail right
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History meets adventure and dreams meet reality. A well documented book on the last trespasser on the roof of the world,
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