The Dark Defile
Britain's Catastrophic Invasion of Afghanistan, 1838–1842
In 1839, convinced that Russia posed a threat to its empire in India, Britain sent a powerful army into Afghanistan to install a puppet ruler. Within four years, it had been utterly defeated. Skilfully establishing the events leading up to the invasion, this compelling narrative history draws on diaries and letters to recreate the tragic events of the First Afghan War, which turned out to be the opening salvo in the Anglo-Russian rivalry known as the 'Great Game'.
Louis Philippe D'Orléans 1773–1850
Through revolution, the army, exile and a spell as a tutor in Reichenau, and finally as King of France, Louis Philippe led an extraordinary life, yet is one of the less well-known monarchs of Europe. Ann Allestree brings ‘an outrageous attraction for the man’ and a novelist’s flair to this biography of Louis Philippe from the age of 19, commanding his Dragoons, to his reign as a peaceful and compassionate king between 1830 and his abdication in 1848.