Reviews

  • Hugely researched and elegantly written, sensitive to the ironies of the past and brimming with colourful details

    Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times
  • Glorious, human, colourful, teeming and spicy. If you read just one book on imperial India, let it be this

    John Lewis-Stempel, Sunday Express
  • An exceptional book. It evokes those animated crowd scenes painted by William Frith, full of people going about their workaday lives, or enjoying themselves. ... David Gilmour's canvas is British India and he provides the answers in a penetrating and vivid portrait of the British men and women who ran the show from the mid-18th century to 1947.

    Lawrence James, The Times