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The Tiger & The Ruby : A Journey To The Other Side Of British India (previously available in US hardcover as Empire Made)

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In 1841, Nigel Halleck set out from Britain for Calcutta as a clerk in the East India Company. He served in the colonial administration for eight years before taking leave of his post, eventually disappearing in the mountain kingdom of Nepal, never to be heard from again. Despite most traces of his life being destroyed in the bombing of his hometown during WWII, Nigel was never quite forgotten – the family myth of the man who headed east would reverberate through the generations.

Kief Hillsbery, Nigel’s gay nephew many times removed, embarked on his own expedition, spending decades researching and traveling through India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nepal in the footsteps of his long-lost relation. In uncovering the story of Nigel’s life, (including the remarkable truth about his sexuality) Hillsbery beautifully renders a moment in time when the arms of the British Empire extended around the world. Both a powerful history and a personal journey, ''The Tiger and the Ruby'' weaves together a clash of civilizations, the quest to discover one’s own identity, and the moving tale of one man against an empire.

Originally available in Hardcover in the US as ''Empire Made: My Search for an Outlaw Uncle Who Vanished in British India, this UK hardcover version reverts to the original British title.

Author: Kief Hillsbery

Hardcover, 276 Pages, Orig. Publ. 2017, This Edition Publ. August 2018


“Hillsbery’s exploration of what happened to his British uncle who went to India in 1841, never to return, makes achingly vivid how difficult it was to escape one’s preordained class and societal expectations in Victorian England… Great details abound… Marvelous insights into the British in India, along with a glimpse into gay life.” – Booklist

“There are travelers who can’t write and writers who can’t travel. Fortunately for his readers, Kief Hillsbery can do both. Part travelogue, part family memoir, 'Empire Made' is a fine and moving tale, sensitively explored and beautifully written.”
—Justin Marozzi, author of Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood

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