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- DescriptionThis is the quest for a lost wonder of the world, in the author's words his 'ridiculous obsession', arose from the chance discovery of some dusty memoirs that told of a mighty hedge spanning the Indian subcontinent in the nineteenth century. The hedge was set in place to allow the collection of the Salt Tax by British customs officers, Inspired by the concept of this amazing living barrier, w forgotten, Roy Moxham set off to find out what has happened to it and whether any remnant existed today. His travels in India, and what he found there, form the basis for this illuminating book. Writer Jan Morris comments, 'At first I thought this remarkable book must be a hoax ...It tells the story of one of the least-kwn wonders of Queen Victoria's India - a customs barrier 2,300 miles long, most of it made of hedge. It was patrolled by 12,000 men and would have stretched from London to Constantiple, yet few historians mention it and most of us have never heard of it. Could anything be more astonishing?'
- Author BiographyRoy Moxham is the author of Tea - Addiction Exploitation and Empire (2003), The Great Hedge of India (2001) and The Freelander (1990). Born and brought up in Evesham, Worcestershire, he went out to Africa in 1961 as a tea planter in Nyasaland, later Malawi. He spent 13 years in Eastern Africa before returning to London to set up a gallery of African art. Subsequently, Roy Moxham qualified as a book and paper conservator. After working at Canterbury Cathedral Archives he became Senior Conservator of the University of London Library. Following retirement in 2005 he devotes his energies to writing and giving talks. He spends half his time in London and the other half travelling, principally in India. Reviews: The Great Hedge of India 'Both scholarly and funny - a rare combination. It surprised me and I hugely enjoyed it.' Eric Newby 'Moxham has written a parable at once light-handed and melancholy about the cruelty and folly of Empire.' Sunil Khilnani, Financial Times Tea - Addiction, Exploitation and Empire 'A very well-written book and enlightening on all aspects of the desirable shrub.' Financial Times 'A masterful historical study.' Good Book Guide
- Author(s)Roy Moxham
- PublisherLittle, Brown Book Group
- Date of Publication28/03/2002
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight190 g
- Width128 mm
- Height197 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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