November 2017 Academic & Specialist Birlinn

Sikunder Burnes: Master of the Great Game Craig Murray


Paperback | Nov 2017 | Birlinn | 9781780274515 | 432pp | 234x156mm | Forthcoming | RFB | AUD$39.99, NZD$47.99

New in paperback

This is an astonishing true tale of espionage, journeys in disguise, secret messages, double agents, assassinations and sexual intrigue, as Britain strove with Russia for control of Central Asia and the routes to the Raj. There are many lessons for the present day in this tale of the folly of invading Afghanistan and Anglo-Russian tensions in the Caucasus. Murray’s meticulous study has unearthed original manuscripts from Montrose to Mumbai to put together a detailed study of how British secret agents operated in India, revealing Burnes as a figure of broad intellectual range, with a respect for local culture and a lack of racism out of tune with the mood of the day.