Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer Mass Market Paperback – 27 Jan 2011
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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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This from the man who wrote Tibet Tibet, another good book and one more explicitly focusing on one of my interests.
Separately the history would certainly have worked in its own right, as may the first person travel narrative, but together they result in a work that is neither fish, nor fowl.
Younghusband is more than interesting enough to sustain the book alone.