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Victoria & Abdul : the true story of the queen's closest confidant

Author: Shrabani Basu
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Vintage Books editionView all editions and formats
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"In the twilight years of her reign, after the devastating deaths of her two great loves--Prince Albert and John Brown--Queen Victoria meets tall and handsome Abdul Karim, a humble servant from Agra waiting tables at her Golden Jubilee. The two form an unlikely bond and within a year Abdul becomes a powerful figure at court, the Queen's teacher, her counsel on Urdu and Indian affairs, and a friend close to her  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Abdul Karim; Victoria, Queen of Great Britain; Abdul Karim; Victoria, Queen of Great Britain
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shrabani Basu
ISBN: 9780525434412 0525434410
OCLC Number: 970680481
Description: 334 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Agra --
A Jubilee present --
An Indian Durbar --
Curries and highlanders --
Becoming the munshi --
A grant of land --
Indian affairs --
The Viceroy receives a Christmas card --
The household conspires --
Rebellion in the ranks --
"Munshimania" --
Redemption --
Death of a queen --
Last days in Agra --
Endgame.
Other Titles: Victoria and Abdul
Responsibility: Shrabani Basu.

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"In the twilight years of her reign, after the devastating deaths of her two great loves--Prince Albert and John Brown--Queen Victoria meets tall and handsome Abdul Karim, a humble servant from Agra waiting tables at her Golden Jubilee. The two form an unlikely bond and within a year Abdul becomes a powerful figure at court, the Queen's teacher, her counsel on Urdu and Indian affairs, and a friend close to her heart. This marked the beginning of the most scandalous decade in Queen Victoria's long reign. As the royal household roiled with resentment, Victoria and Abdul's devotion grew in defiance. Drawn from secrets closely guarded for more than a century, Victoria & Abdul is an extraordinary and intimate history of the last years of the nineteenth-century English court and an unforgettable view onto the passions of an aging Queen"--Amazon.com.

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