‘The White Rajah’: now available in hardback

I’m excited to see The White Rajah now available in hardback.

It’s the first novel I ever wrote. It’s been tweaked a few times since then and I’m happy with it now and delighted to be able to offer it in a binding that reflects the idea that it’s a serious book.

When I first wrote it, it was turned down by several mainstream publishers as (according to my agent) “too difficult for a first book from an unknown author”. He told me I should write some more accessible mainstream historical fiction first. Hence the Burke books – all five of them so far and a sixth in progress. Now The White Rajah is back. It’s a more reflective novel than the Burke books. There are fights and dashing adventures. There is even a love story (though not a conventional one). But the book raises issues about colonialism and the Empire project. There are a lot of questions but ultimately no answers. Perhaps as we are all encouraged to look again at Britain’s 19th century history, this is a book whose time has come. Hollywood seems to think so: a film based on the life of James Brooke (the eponymous White Rajah) is due out next month.

I hope you read it and enjoy it. Let me know what you think. As life moves back to normal I hope I may be able to get out and talk about it if any of you want to ask me.

Of course it’s still available in paperback and on Kindle if these are your preferred formats.


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