Classic history of the Victorian seat of the British Raj, setting for the notorious Black Hole where 2 score English settlers diedin an 18th century uprising, and today the 4th largest city in the world. Kipling called it the city of dreadful night - a city of unspeakable poverty, of famine, riot and disease. Yet Calcutta, once the seat of the Raj, is the 2nd city in the commonwealth, the 4th city in the world. Geoffrey Moorhouse's history come travel book, 1st published by Wiedenfeld & Nicolson in 1971, remains the classic account.
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Geoffrey Moorhouse is 'one of the best writers of our time' (Byron Rogers, The Times), 'a brilliant historian' (Dirk Bogarde, Daily Telegraph) and 'a writer whose gifts are beyond category' (Jan Morris, Independent on Sunday). He is the author of eighteen books, which have won prizes and been translated into several languages. In 1982 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His To the Frontier won the Thomas Cook Award for the best travel book of its year in 1984. He has recently concentrated on Tudor history, notably with THE PILGRIMAGE OF GRACE and, in 2005, GREAT HARRY'S NAVY. He lives in a hill village in North Yorkshire.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1974. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 140037497