David Gilmour

Divided It Stands

Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire


Simon & Schuster 464pp £20 order from our bookshop

The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan


Yale University Press 251pp £19.99 order from our bookshop

Indian Summer is surely destined for Hollywood. Equipped with a handsome and flamboyant cast, Alex von Tunzelmann has already more or less arranged the settings, designed the costumes and produced a script which flits from place to place and from character to character, deftly interweaving private lives with political events in a racy, dramatic and often humorous narrative.

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