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  • Beautifully written and endlessly diverting... Excellent

    Denis Judd, Times Literary Supplement
  • A book that is not only informative, but also lucid, witty, and extremely well-written

    Daily Telegraph
  • Based on stunningly exhaustive research in official archives and family papers, and written with tremendous wit, style and sense of pace, Gilmour's book is a masterful account of British life in India. If you have ever wondered what it would have been like to run the Raj, The Ruling Caste has all the answers.

    Dominic Sandbrook, Scotsman
  • Gilmour is the perfect companion to Victorian India - shrewd, funny, always a joy to read. He writes lean, elegant prose and wears his learning lightly... In David Gilmour, the British in India have at last found the historian they deserve. This is a marvellous book

    Jane Ridley, Spectator
  • Masterly and fascinating

    Sunday Times

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