Inspiration for the major film starring Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal and Huma Qureshi and directed by Gurinder Chadha.
Seventy years ago, at midnight on 14 August 1947, the Union Jack began its final journey down the flagstaff of Viceroy’s House, New Delhi. A fifth of humanity claimed their independence from the greatest empire history has ever seen – but the price of freedom was high, as a nation erupted into riots and bloodshed, partition and war.
This is an electrifying and acclaimed account of the dying days of the British Raj and the drama played out between Lord Mountbatten, Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru and Jinnah, as an empire undertook a violent transformation into the new India and Pakistan.
About the author
The enormous success of the international writing partnership of Collins and Lapierre was based on their phenomenal non-fiction bestsellers OR I’LL DRESS YOU IN MOURNING, IS PARIS BURNING? and O JERUSALEM! Lapierre also wrote CITY OF JOY (about Calcutta) and Larry Collins wrote a number of thrillers published by HarperCollins (FALL FROM GRACE, MAZE and BLACK EAGLES).
- ‘Thrilling… staggers the imagination’ Daily Mail
- ‘A vast and complex canvas… rich in vivid details’ Sunday Times
- ‘The song of India… illuminated in scenes like a pageant’ Time