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‘A most unusual friendship, one that, however divisive it had been, had brought comfort to a lonely Queen in the twilight years of her reign.’

Daily Mail

‘Racy and well researched.’

Shashi Tharoor

‘Shrabani Basu has written a charming, lively and rigorous narrative of the complex relationship between a slightly dotty Queen and a slippery Indian from Agra.’

Swapan Dasgupta,
Outlook Magazine

‘A fascinating book, full of colourful details and Shakespearean characters … Shrabani Basu does not just write biographies, she creates drama.’

Girish Karnad

‘A charming tale which should have been told before.’

Stephen Halliday,
BBC History Magazine

‘Shrabani Basu has done a commendable job in digging up relevant material to write this book. It is totally absorbing.’

Khushwant Singh,
The Telegraph

‘If this had been the plot of a novel, it would have been dismissed as foolishly far-fetched. But
Victoria & Abdul
is fact rather than fiction, and there lies its power.’

The Times of India

‘Shrabani Basu’s book convincingly conveys how a loyal slave who understood his mistresses’ loneliness became her passage to India.’

The Asian Age

‘A masterfully told story that is a melange of history, drama and fantasy.’

The Dawn


Cover Illustrations
:(front) study of portrait of Abdul Karim, 1891 (courtesy of Reid Archives); Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee portrait (The Royal Collection © 2009 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II).

First published 2011

The History Press

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