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Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer [Paperback]

Patrick French
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27 Jan 2011

From Calcutta to the snows of the Himalayas, Patrick French's Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer pieces together the story of a man who embodies all the romance and folly of Britain's lost imperial dream.

Soldier, explorer, mystic, guru and spy, Francis Younghusband began his colonial career as a military adventurer and became a radical visionary who preached free love to his followers.

Patrick French's award-winning biography traces the unpredictable life of the maverick with the 'damned rum name', who singlehandedly led the 1904 British invasion of Tibet, discovered a new route from China to India, organized the first expeditions up Mount Everest and attempted to start a new world religion.

'A story full of excitement and insight, humour and curiosity'
  Michael Holroyd

'Breathtakingly accomplished'
  Observer

'Beautifully written, wise, balanced, fair, funny and above all extremely original'
  William Dalrymple

'Dazzling'
  Niall Ferguson

'I found myself reading through the night. This is a rare gem of a book, one which so perfectly combines author and subject that it must set new standards for the future of historical biography'
  Independent on Sunday

Patrick French is the author of Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer, which won the Somerset Maugham Award and the Royal Society of Literature W. H. Heinemann Prize, Liberty or Death: India's Journey to Independence and Division, which won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, Tibet, Tibet: A Personal History of a Lost Land, The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul, which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Hawthornden Prize, and India: A Portrait.


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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (27 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241950392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241950395
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 321,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beautifully written, wise, balanced, fair, funny and above all extremely original (William Dalrymple)

Dazzling (Niall Ferguson)

I found myself reading through the night. This is a rare gem of a book, one which so perfectly combines author and subject that it must set new standards for the future of historical biography (Independent on Sunday)

A glorious biography, fair, frank and always interesting ... They don't come much more enjoyable than this (Jan Morris Independent)

Breathtakingly accomplished (Jonathan Keats Observer)

A charming biography which mingles travel with impressive research (Ian Thomson Sunday Times)

About the Author

Patrick French is a writer and historian, born in England in 1966. He is the author of Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer, which won the Somerset Maugham Award and the Royal Society of Literature W. H. Heinemann Prize, Liberty or Death: India's Journey to Independence and Division , which won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, Tibet, Tibet: A Personal History of a Lost Land and, most recently, The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul, which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Hawthornden Prize.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read 2 Sep 2011
By xanadu
Format:Paperback
For anyone interested in The British Raj, THE "Great Game", Tibet, exploration or The Spiritual Journey, this book covers all the bases. Beautifully written, entertaining and well researched, Patrick French has jumped to near the top of the pile with this his first book. Mind you it would be difficult to not make the life of Sir Francis Younghusband interesting, he knew everyone from Baden Powell to Ghandi and Lord Curzon, he lead the british military invasion of Tibet in 1904 but spent the last 30 years of his life promoting inter faith dialogue and seeking mystical insight. He must have been an extraordinary, charismatic figure and fully deserves this great biography.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating life 26 Mar 2012
By RMCT
Format:Paperback
This biography links to three interests I have - Tibet, the Great Game and mountaineering. This is a well written book and is fascinating reading. You get a good flavour of life in the period as well as the political machinations. You wouldn't have predicted that this great explorer, who went on to besiege Tibet would turn to mysticism.

This from the man who wrote Tibet Tibet, another good book and one more explicitly focusing on one of my interests.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lives up to its subtitle 3 Sep 2012
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Younghusband really was a creature of his time and this book provides a fascinating look into how the Victorians and Edwardians saw their place in the world

I read this book after reading about Mallory and the failed attempts to scale Everest in the 1920s and it was a great backgrounder
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