The Tartan Turban – John Keay

The Tartan Turban - John Keay
The Tartan Turban – John Keay

John Keay‘s biography of nineteenth century elusive adventurer Alexander Gardner.

Unlike many of the explorers and spies of The Great Game, Colonel Gardner didn’t leave behind his own polished account of his travels in Central Asia, nor of his years as an officer in the Sikh Empire, from the Empire’s glory years under Maharaja Ranjit Singh and through the familial treachery and turmoil that followed on from Ranjit Singh’s death. Even his younger years are veiled in the mists of time – but safe to say Scotland doesn’t feature (despite the tartan!)

So, there’s plenty of of scope for biographical sleuthing and rehabilitation from the always readable John Keay.

Author webpage: The Tartan Turban: In Search of Alexander Gardner – John Keay

The Great Arc – John Keay

The Great Arc - John Keay
The Great Arc – John Keay

The Great Trigonometrical Survey of India saw 19th scientific progress and British Imperialism traversing the sub continent hand in hand.

Highly readable history.

Publisher page: The Great Arc – John Keay

I saw one of the charts in October at The Science Museum’s Illuminating India – 5000 Years of Science and Innovation exhibition:

Mapping India with Maths - The Great Trigonometric Survey - The Science Museum
Mapping India with Maths – The Great Trigonometric Survey – The Science Museum