Quest for Kim: In Search of Kipling's Great Game

Quest for Kim: In Search of Kipling's Great Game

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By (author) Peter Hopkirk

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  • Publisher: John Murray Publishers Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 190mm x 26mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 27 March 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0719564522
  • ISBN 13: 9780719564529
  • Illustrations note: 8pp black and white
  • Sales rank: 172,971

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This book is for all those who love Kim, that masterpiece of Indian life in which Kipling immortalized the Great Game. Fascinated since childhood by this strange tale of an orphan boy's recruitment into the Indian secret service, Peter Hopkirk here retraces Kim's footsteps across Kipling's India to see how much of it remains. To attempt this with a fictional hero would normally be pointless. But Kim is different. For much of this Great Game classic was inspired by actual people and places, thus blurring the line between the real and the imaginary. Less a travel book than a literary detective story, this is the intriguing story of Peter Hopkirk's quest for Kim and a host of other shadowy figures.

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Author information

Peter Hopkirk has travelled widely in the regions where his six books are set - Central Asia, the Caucasus, China, India and Pakistan, Iran, and Eastern Turkey. He has worked as an ITN reporter, the New York correspondent of the old Daily Express, and - for twenty years - on The Times. No stranger to misadventure, he has twice been held in secret police cells and has also been hijacked by Arab terrorists. His works have been translated into fourteen languages.

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'A brilliant jigsaw' Patrick Leigh Fermor, Spectator, Books of the Year 'This beautifully written and beguiling travel book will fascinate even those who have never read Kim' Scotsman