The Leopard and the Cliff
'A writer who never disappoints one. He has an extraordinary power of treating military disaster in depth and yet with pace, whether on the frontiers of Rome or British India, and of analysing the tensions of command. Gripping as an action story, deeply moving on the individual level, it involves one as an eye-witness from beginning to end.' Mary Renault
This classic military adventure is a gripping insight into life on an exposed outpost of the Afghan frontier.
Major Charles Sandeman is an unlikely hero: an intellectual soldier, repeatedly passed over for promotion in the British Indian Army. When war suddenly erupts between India and Afghanistan in 1919, Sandeman is caught, as the locals say, 'between the leopard and the cliff'. Facing an uprising of hostile border tribes and mutinies, he must rise to the challenge and lead the retreat of his soldiers in a bleak trek through unforgiving terrain.
Brimming with action, suspense, and psychological power, The Leopard and the Cliff is a masterful military adventure which has never felt more prophetic, offering insights into colonialism and tribal divides that haunt the world today.
'Gripping ... Brings out movingly and with skill points of vital importance to an understanding of British India and the Frontier ... Highly dramatic.' Philip Mason
- Paperback | 286 pages
- 135 x 216 x 21mm | 352g
- 29 Apr 2011
- Faber & Faber
- London, United Kingdom
About Wallace Breem
Born in Surrey, Breem entered the Indian Army's Officers Training School aged 18; and in 1945 was commissioned as an officer of the Corps of Guides, an elite Cavalry detachment of the North West Frontier Force. After the Partition of India in 1947, Breem returned to England and held a variety of jobs including a labourer in a tannery, assistant to a veterinary surgeon, and rent-collector in the East End. He joined the library staff of London's Inner Temple in 1950, becoming a founder member of British and Irish Association of Law Librarians. By his death, he was the Librarian and Keeper of Manuscripts of the Inner Temple Law Library.