About the Book
Novelist, intrepid traveller, barrister-at-law, newspaper editor anduninhibited gossip, John Lang lived for a number of years in pre- andpost-Mutiny British India, and his writings constitute some of the mostvivid records of the time.
Lang describes his meeting with the Ranee of Jhansi-soon to becomethe focal point of the rebellion-as well as his counsel to her; he alsochronicles the wondrous and tragic life of 'Black and Blue', a boy ofmixed British and Indian parentage, and his claims to a peerage inEngland. And, narrating a march in the Upper Provinces, Langprovides an eyewitness account of eight thousand monkeys, gathered inDeobund for a clan meeting.
Written with a historian's sense of detail, a raconteur's delight in theunexpected, and a keen sense of the absurd, John Lang's travel diary isa riveting read.
About the Author
John Lang (b. 1816), writer, newspaper editor, traveller and barrister,lived in India for a number of years. A prominent lawyer of his time, hemost notably counselled the Ranee of Jhansi in her case against theBritish East India Company. He was also the editor and publisher of theperiodical, Mofussilite.(1853), Too Much Alike (1854), The Forger'sWife (1855), CaptainMacdonald (1856), Will He Marry Her (1858), The Ex-Wife (1858), MyFriend'sWife (1859), The Secret Police (1859) and Botany Bay; or True Storiesof the Early Days of Australia (1859).