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Calcutta by Geoffrey Moorhouse

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In the foreword to the first edition, Geoffrey Moorhouse wrote: 'In a sense, the story of Calcutta is the story of India ...It is the story of how and why Empire was created and what happened when Empire finished ...The imperial residue of Calcutta, a generation after Empire ended, is both a monstrous and a marvellous city. Journalism and television have given us a rough idea of the monstrosities but none at all of the marvels. I can only hope to define the first more clearly and to persuade anyone interested that the second is to be found there too'. Geoffrey Moorhouse succeeds triumphantly in his aims. First published in 1971, this title has stood the test of time. Remarkably it was the first full-length study of Calcutta, seat of the British Raj, since 1918. 'The book is organized out of a profound understanding of the true issues and is brilliantly executed' - Paul Scott, "Guardian".

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780571243563
ISBN-10: 0571243568
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 135mm x 29mm)
Pages: 408
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 29-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Geoffrey Moorhouse

Geoffrey Moorhouse has been described as "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). His numerous books -- travel narratives, histories, novels and sporting prints -- have won prizes and been translated into several languages: To the Frontier won the Thomas Cook Award for the best travel book of its year. In 1982 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and in 2006 he became Hon DLitt of the University of Warwick. He has recently concentrated on Tudor history, notably with The Pilgrimage of Grace and, in 2005, Great Harry's Navy, which has just been followed by The Last Office: 1539 and the Dissolution of a Monastery. Born in Lancashire, he has lived in a hill village in North Yorkshire for many years.

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