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Victoria & Abdul : The True Story of the Queen's Closest Confidant

Now a major motion picture starring Dame Judi Dench, Ali Fazal and Eddie Izzard, directed by Stephen Frears
'A tale of Empire and intrigue brought vividly back to life' – VIKAS SWARUP, author of SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
Tall, handsome Abdul Karim was just twenty-four years old when he arrived in England from Agra to wait at tables during Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. An assistant clerk at Agra Central Jail, he suddenly found himself a personal attendant to the Empress of India herself. Within a year, he was established as a powerful figure at court, becoming the queen's teacher, or Munshi. Devastated by the death of John Brown, her Scottish gillie, the queen

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had at last found his replacement, but her intense and controversial relationship with the Munshi led to a near revolt in the royal household.
Victoria & Abdul explores how a young Indian Muslim came to play a central role at the heart of the Empire at a time when independence movements in the sub continent were growing in force. Yet, at its heart, it is a tender love story between an ordinary Indian and his elderly queen – a relationship that survived the best attempts to destroy it.

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| 336 pages


x 198
x 24mm

| 430g

Publication date
21 Jul 2017


The History Press Ltd

Publication City/Country

Stroud, United Kingdom




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31 Illustrations, color



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