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The first biography in decades of the 'Father of Singapore'
Spirited, fluent and immaculately researched ... Glendinning's book, with its breezy prose and brisk judgments, makes a splendid tribute to a great British character - the kind of man who gives empire a good name
Marvellously readable, personally illuminating and highly entertaining
Magnificent ... By honing in on such a great life for her first non-literary biography Ms Glendinning is in danger of giving imperialism a good name
At last. A truly magnificent biography of the most incorrigible of empire-builders. Victoria Glendinning has produced a judicious and utterly compelling account of the man who would change the map of South East Asia
A sparkling new life of Raffles . . . compellingly related by Glendinning . . . unputdownable . . . Glendinning has rescued Raffles from decades of neglect and post-colonial guilt. Vivid, beautifully written and a terrific read, this is a wonderful biography
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