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/ Key title / Includes PS Section From bestselling author of Tommy and Redcoat, the rich history of the British soldier in India from Clive to the end of empire considered to be the jewel in Britain's imperial crown. / Following on from Redcoat and Tommy, this is the next big history from Richard Holmes / Sahib makes full use of personal accounts of soldiers who served in the vast and varied nation / Tommy has sold over 70,000 copies to date / Richard Holmes is our most celebrated military historian writing today / There is an enormous market for books about India / Competition: White Mughals, Antony Beevor, John Keegan, Hew Strachan
Celebrated military historian and television presenter Richard Holmes is famous for his BBC series Rebels and Redcoats and Wellington. He is the author of the best-selling and widely acclaimed Redcoat and Tommy and his dozen other books include Firing Line and The Western Front. He is general editor of the definitive Oxford Companion to Military History. He taught military history at Sandhurst for many years and is now Professor of Military and Security Studies at Cranfield University and the Royal Military College of Science. He lives near Winchester in Hampshire.
Reviews of Holmes' previous titles: 'Redcoat is not just a work of history but of enthusiasm and unparalleled knowledge. This is a wonderful book, doing justice to men who have long deserved a chronicler of Richard Holmes' skill.' Bernard Cornwell 'It would be hard to exaggerate the excellence of this book. Vivid, comprehensive, well-written, pacy, colourful.' Simon Heffer 'A wonderful book, full of anecdote and good sense. Anyone who has enjoyed a Sharpe story will love it.' Bernard Cornwell, Daily Mail 'Richard Holmes (is) ... a narrative historian without peer and a master at marshalling first-hand accounts ! He opens with a magnificent set piece ... thirty tight-packed chapters follow, each crammed with incident and insight as Holmes, in his determination to cover every inch of the ground, hurries the reader through 164 years of campaigning and, for good measure, through every ditch and hurdle of the Anglo-Indian encounter. A rattling good gallop, certainly' Spectator 'Beautifully written, Redcoat is a vivid account of squalor and suffering almost beyond belief, for the men, their wives and followers, and their horses. One of the best chapters is a description of barrack-room life that will turn a few stomachs in this more fastidious age.' John Canon, TLS 'Redcoat is the story of the British soldier from the Seven Year War through to the Mutiny and Crimea. It is consistently entertaining, full of brilliantly chosen anecdotes and rattles along at a good light infantry pace.' David Crane, Spectator 'All the best-known soldier writers are discussed here, and their anecdotes are told with enthusiasm and aplomb! This is an army from another world, and Redcoat is a splendidly entertaining, moving and informative description of its strengths and foibles.' Hew Strachan, Daily Telegraph