Indigo & Opium: Two Remarkable Families and Fortunes Won and Lost
By: Miles Macnair (author)Hardback
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British India in the middle of the 19th century and two enterprising families from modest origins who made immense fortunes, one from growing and processing indigo and the other from trading opium into China. Their stories are punctuated by shipwrecks, heroic acts in battles (including three Victoria Crosses), romantic trysts and sudden death; a disputed Dukedom, unexpected inheritances and political conflicts; the Opium Wars, the founding of Hong Kong and a ruinous financial crash. The two families, Hills and Dent, never met during the period of their wealth and influence, but on a summer's day in 1918 a young officer in the Royal Navy married a 19 year old Edinburgh art-student. This forged the link that led to a return to China, accompanied by a car that was smuggled out in a submarine...
After taking an honours degree at Magdalen College, Oxford, MILES MACNAIR spent 12 years in industry before joining a stock-broking partnership. He retired in 2000, enabling him to devote more time to writing, lecturing, golf, travel and photography. Previous books include; William James (1771-1837) - The man who discovered George Stephenson, Railway & Canal Historical Society, 2007; Witness to War (edited), Brewin Books, 2007 and Olive, Princess of Cumberland (1772-1834) - A Royal Scandal, Brewin Books, 2011. He and his wife have lived all their married life in Warwickshire.
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