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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (27 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241950392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241950395
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,856 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By xanadu on 2 Sep 2011
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RMCT on 26 Mar 2012
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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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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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