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Product details

  • Mass Market 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,842 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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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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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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I found this on the top shelf of a dusty old shop in Mcleod Ganj in early 2001, not then knowing what a gem of a book this was. If Younghusband was American I'm sure they would have made a Hollywood epic of his life by now. But since is just a humble Brit, and a colonialist one at that, the chances are that this biography is unlikely to become mandatory reading for British schoolchildren anytime soon. This is a shame since few lives could be more fascinating or educational. This is story of an outwardly conventional man who confounds convention at every turn.
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This book was a disappointment, not because of the quantity of historical material assembled, which is impressive, or the quality of the writing, which is fluid and entertaining, but because of the intermittent intrusion of a personal travelogue by the author as he follows Younghusband’s route.

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.
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