Abdul Karim was 24 years old when he was dispatched from Agra to serve 68-year-old Queen Victoria as an attendant. The tall and handsome Indian Muslim didn't speak a word of English, nor the Empress of India any Urdu. What followed was a relationship of such intimacy and tenderness that the British establishment tried their hardest to destroy all evidence of it. In Victoria and Abdul - The True Story of the Queen's Closest Confidant historian Shrabani Basu unearths a story that shows a new side to Victoria and places a young Indian at the heart of the Empire as her greatest influence.
About the Author
Shrabani Basu is a bestselling historian and journalist. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed For King and Another Country - Indian Soldiers on the Western Front and the founder of the Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust.