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By Alexander Kent

The twenty sixth, and ultimate, Bolitho novel during this phenomenally profitable and well-loved series.

In this, the long-awaited end of Alexander Kent’s midshipman trilogy, the hot yr of 1774 turns out to supply Richard Bolitho and his pal Martyn Dancer the end result of a dream. either were suggested for merchandising, even if they've got no longer but won the coveted lieutenant’s fee. yet a regimen passage from Plymouth to Guernsey in an untried schooner turns into, for Bolitho, a passage from midshipman to King’s officer, tempering the promise of the long run with the sour expense of adulthood.

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I longed to learn the secret processes, known to a tribe deep in the South American jungle, which enabled decapitated human heads to be shrunk to the size of a grapefruit. Despite an ongoing debate about whether museums should harbour human remains, the Pitt Rivers Museum still holds five, and the British Museum has at least ten. Interest in the gruesome exhibits remains strong. A roaring private trade in the illicit handicraft has developed, with heads being snapped up by wealthy collectors, many from the Far East and Japan.

He shook my hand a second time, and saluted again for good measure. A moment later, I was just another lost soul adrift on a sea of commuters. I glanced back at the platform. The Maharajah Express had vanished. I wondered if it had ever been there at all. A Conversation Paid for in Postage Stamps HICHAM HARRASS LIVES in a one-room shack he built himself on the western-most edge of Casablanca. The walls are made from third-hand breeze blocks and the roof is laid with rusting tin. His home does not have an address, but it does have a number.

To accommodate us, the Maharajah Express had sixteen guest carriages, two restaurants, two bars, and dozens and dozens of staff. The cabin assigned to me was in a carriage called ‘Katela’, located about halfway down the train. Adorned with sumptuous fabrics and with mahogany furniture, it was panelled in teak, bathed in old-world charm. Best of all – even better than the fact there was WiFi everywhere – was the en suite bathroom. I’m a sucker for fabulous bathrooms. Ornamented with marble and with silver fittings, it boasted a flush-toilet and a power-shower.

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