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Alex von Tunzelmann was educated at Oxford and lives in London. Indian Summer is her first book.

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"In Indian Summer, Alex von Tunzelmann pays particular attention to how negotiations were shaped by an interplay of personalities. . . . her account, unlike those of some of her fellow British historians, isn't filtered by nostalgia." --The New Yorker "A brilliantly vivid page-turner that captures the backstage dramas raging on the eve of India's independence." --Tina Brown "Irresistible . . . A fascinating book that may well change how we look on the benighted world in which we live today." --Los Angeles Times "[A] captivating group portrait, pulling forth the most telling details of each figure's inner life. . . . To have turned an era of such significance and continuing relevance into a page-turner, to both entertain and educate, is an admirable accomplishment." --San Francisco Chronicle "A fascinating behind-the-scenes account of the breakup of British rule in India." --NPR's Fresh Air "[Von Tunzelmann] keeps us riveted. . . . [She] has a fine knack for teasing out the play of personality in momentous events." --Houston Chronicle "Von Tunzelman is witty, erudite, and thoughtful about her subject. . . . An opinionated and sardonic writer, [she] is perfectly willing to take on both saints and heroes." --The Christian Science Monitor "Scintillating . . . compelling narrative history, combining dramatic sweep with dishy detail." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "This is history as multiple, interconnected biography. . . . Indian Summer achieves something both simpler and rarer, placing the behavior and feelings of a few key players at the center of a tumultuous moment in history." --The New York Times Book Review "Stirring . . . brisk . . . absorbingly readable." --Fortune "Indian Summer is a true tour de force: absorbing in its detail and masterly in the broad sweep of its canvas." --Sir Martin Gilbert, author of The Somme "Indian Summer is outstandingly vivid and authoritative. Alex von Tunzelmann brings a lively new voice to narrative history-writing." --Victoria Glendinning, author of Leonard Woolf "Alex von Tunzelmann is a wonderful historian, as learned as she is shrewd. But she is also something more unexpected: a writer with a wit and an eye for character that Evelyn Waugh would surely have admired." --Tom Holland, author of Rubicon and Persian Fire "An engaging, controversial, very lively and, at times, refreshingly irreverent tour de force. Alex von Tunzelmann has written a dramatic story, laced with tragedy and farce, and done so very well; a remarkable debut." --Lawrence James, author of The Middle Class: A History and Raj: The Making and Unmaking of British India

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