Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen's Closest Confidant

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Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2017 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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Now a Major Motion Picture starring Dame Judi Dench from director Stephen Frears.

History's most unlikely friendship--this is the astonishing story of Queen Victoria and her dearest companion, the young Indian Munshi Abdul Karim.

In the twilight years of her reign, after the devastating deaths of hertwo 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.
 

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User Review  - bogopea - LibraryThing

Updated memoir of relationship between Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim in the late 1800's. Updated based on journals kept by Karim. Movie based on this story is pretty true to the book. Karim was from ... Read full review

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This book is NOT for everyone; it's not narrative non-fiction. It's a little dry, but I really enjoyed it. i found the story really interesting. I felt that the author gave the information without too ... Read full review

Contents

Authors Note
6
Queen Victorias Family Tree
19
Agra
31
AJubilee Present
59
Curries and Highlanders
93
A Grant of Land
118
Indian Affairs
141
The Viceroy Receives a Christmas Card
173
Munshimania
233
Redemption
257
Death of a Queen
273
Last Days in Agra
282
Endgame
293
Epilogue
307
Notes and Sources
313
Bibliography
321

The Household Conspires
188
Rebellion in the Ranks
209

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Shrabani Basu was born in Kolkata and grew up in Dhaka, Kathmandu and Delhi. She moved to London in 1987 and is a correspondent for the Kolkata-based newspapers Ananda Bazar Patrika and The Telegraph. She is also the author of Curry: The Story of the Nation's Favourite Dish and the critically acclaimed biography Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan. She lives in London.

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