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Murder in the Hindu Kush: George Hayward and the Great Game by [Hannigan, Tim]
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TIM HANNIGAN began exploring Central Asia in 1999, and has been fascinated with the region ever since. A journalism graduate of the University of Gloucestershire, he now writes features and takes photographs for a variety of newspapers in South-East Asia. He lives in Cornwall and Indonesia.

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TIM HANNIGAN began exploring Central Asia in 1999, and has been fascinated with the region ever since. A journalism graduate of the University of Gloucestershire, he now writes features and takes photographs for a variety of newspapers in South-East Asia. He lives in Cornwall and Indonesia.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3747 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0752458868
  • Publisher: The History Press (11 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XHBEK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
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Fascinating account and captivating writing, filling in a gap in the story of exploration of the Hindu Kush and Pamirs, an area of the world which continues unsettled and that is difficult to access. Not many peope will now be aware of the travels of George Hayward, yet remarkable to think that the account of his death is still remembered by people in that remote area. A touching an poignant conclusion in Tim Hannigan's quest for some rationale surrounding the murder, also being aware of the politics that continue to direct and influence official accounts. Well worth a read.
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George Hayward was one of the most enigmatic explorers in the huge mass of other enigmatic explorers of Central Asia. From the time of the Mongol conquests, up through the current day, the geography, political makeup, and history of this area has been rife with con men, religious crackpots (of every stripe), political agenda-enhancers, and military despots. If the natives alone were not, in many cases, despicable enough, the European travelers, from Marco Polo to the most recent trekking hippies and druggies were often just as bad.

One man, though, had no hidden agenda to pursue. He had no ulterior motives to accomplish, no desire to convert natives to Christianity, no reason make them subjects of a far-off sovereign. He only wanted to learn, to discover, to find things out. A lackluster military career prepared him for the rigors of mountain travel in the middle decades of the nineteenth century. Obsessed by the unknown and unmapped high Pamir mountains, westernmost bulwark of the continent-spanning Himalaya, Hayward explored Turkestan, far western China, and what is now the Northern Areas of Pakistan during the late 1860s. Imagine this area - where come together Russia, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. During the century-long "Great Game" between Britain and Russia, early explorers were often unwelcome visitors in the native areas. Internecine warfare was just as common then as now. Strangers were looked on as dangerous harbingers of outside meddling or control. Local rulers wanted no part of British or Russian spies.

During a tragically short exploration career, George Hayward traversed much of the forbidden and unknown western Himalaya on foot, with barely a horse or tent to make the going easier.
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The story of George Hayward and his mysterious death in the Hindu Kush in July 1870 deserves to be much better known, and Tim Hannigan deserves the highest praise for all his research and travel. The book is so well-written that the central character, the wild landscapes, and the people of the region are all brought to life in a gripping story based on extensive sources. Hayward was an amazing explorer of the dangerous unexplored, and the various theories about his murder are fully examined, with the question of "who done it ?" bringing us into the world of possible cover-ups, conflicting evidence, and big-power self-interest. The book greatly benefits from Hannigan's own travels to key places in Hayward's life, and the final chapter when he reaches the remote murder site after 10 years of research is quite moving. This is a great book for anyone interested in exploration and true life adventure. If you're also interested in the Great Game and British fears about the largely unknown lands to the north of Kashmir and British India, then that's a bonus.
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George Hayward is a name that has cropped up from time to time in books relating to the 'Great Game' and the British Empire on the Northwest Frontier. Fantastic that there is now a book devoted to retelling the short life of this extraordinary man. The author has a writing style that captivates the reader, compelling him to read to the end. His research, combined with his writing style, has enabled him to leave the reader with a clear impression of the man in question; his character including the flaws; and the journeys that he made in a part of the world that is dangerous and difficult to travel in today, let alone in 1870. Well done Tim Hannigan.
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