Sir Francis Younghusband is a name that’s cropped up in a lot of books I’ve read over the years, from the British Invasion of Tibet in 1904, to the attempts to climb Everest in the 1920s. He’s a key figure, whose career spanned the end of the era of the Great Game, Empire and the Blitz.
Sadly, he doesn’t come across well in this biography, a stunted product of the Victorian/Edwardian age and a diplomatic liability, and the book itself was a bit of a disappointment after the glowing blurbs from writers I admire that adorn the back cover….
An interesting, but not necessarily enjoyable, read.
Publisher’s page: Younghusband – Patrick French