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Murder in the Hindu Kush

George Hayward and the Great Game


On a bright July morning in 1870 the British explorer George Hayward was brutally murdered high in the Hindu Kush. Who was he, what had brought him to this wild spot, and why was he killed?

Told in full for the first time, this is the gripping tale of Hayward's journey from a Yorkshire childhood to a place at the forefront of the 'Great Game' between the British Raj and the Russian Empire, and of how, driven by 'an insane desire,' he crossed the Western Himalayas, tangled with despotic chieftains and ended up on the wrong side of both the Raj and the mighty Maharaja of Kashmir. It is also the tale of the conspiracies and controversies that surrounded his death, while the author's own travels in Hayward's footsteps bring the story up to date, and reveal how the echoes of the Great Game still reverberate across Central Asia in the twenty-first century.

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Cordee Code: CNM112
Author: Tim Hannigan
No of Pages: 254
Page Size: 165 x 240 mm
ISBN 10: 0752458868
ISBN 13: 9780752458861
Publisher: History Press
Published Date: August 2011
Edition: 1st ed hardback
Binding: Hardback
Illustrations: B+W plates
Weight: 0g

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