Empire made : my search for an outlaw uncle who vanished in British India / Kief Hillsbery.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: "Lost in time for generations, the story of a 19th-century English gentleman in British India--a family mystery of love found and loyalties abandoned, finally brought to light. In 1841, twenty-year-old Nigel Halleck set out for Calcutta as a clerk in the East India Company. He went on to serve in the colonial administration for eight years before abruptly leaving the company under a cloud and disappearing in the mountain kingdom of Nepal, never to be heard from again. While most traces of his life were destroyed in the bombing of his hometown during World War II, Nigel was never quite forgotten--the myth of the man who headed East would reverberate through generations of his family. Kief Hillsbery, Nigel's nephew many times removed, embarked on his own expedition, spending decades researching and traveling through India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nepal in the footsteps of his long-lost relation. In uncovering the remarkable story of Nigel's life, Hillsbery beautifully renders a moment in time when the arms of the British Empire extended around the world. Both a powerful history and a personal journey, Empire Made weaves together a clash of civilizations, the quest to discover one's own identity, and the moving tale of one man against an empire."--Jacket.
    • Content Notes:
      An empire -- An education -- Margalla Pass -- A passage -- A griffin -- Ghazipur -- A safe and prudent distance -- A mosque -- An asiatic Rome -- Patna -- A folly -- A policeman -- A Christian soldier -- Gulzarbagh -- A conquest -- A peace -- Bankipore -- A war -- A giant -- A crossing -- Chandragiri -- A maharaja -- Kathmandu -- A prince -- A welcome -- A showcase -- Tipling -- A lark -- A mutiny -- Rosi Bagh -- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa -- Lal Durbar -- Now is the waiting -- Stars of tears.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-259).
    • ISBN:
      9780547443317
      0547443315
    • Accession Number:
      ocn953709984
      953709984
    • Accession Number:
      fay.537787
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    • ABNT:
      HILLSBERY, K. Empire made : my search for an outlaw uncle who vanished in British India. [s.l.] : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 22 out. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Hillsbery K. Empire Made : My Search for an Outlaw Uncle Who Vanished in British India. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2017. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.537787. Accessed October 22, 2019.
    • APA:
      Hillsbery, K. (2017). Empire made : my search for an outlaw uncle who vanished in British India. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.537787
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Hillsbery, Kief. 2017. Empire Made : My Search for an Outlaw Uncle Who Vanished in British India. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.537787.
    • Harvard:
      Hillsbery, K. (2017) Empire made : my search for an outlaw uncle who vanished in British India. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.537787 (Accessed: 22 October 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Hillsbery, K 2017, Empire made : my search for an outlaw uncle who vanished in British India, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, viewed 22 October 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Hillsbery, Kief. Empire Made : My Search for an Outlaw Uncle Who Vanished in British India. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.537787.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Hillsbery, Kief. Empire Made : My Search for an Outlaw Uncle Who Vanished in British India. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.537787.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Hillsbery K. Empire made : my search for an outlaw uncle who vanished in British India [Internet]. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2017 [cited 2019 Oct 22]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.537787

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2017 May #1

*Starred Review* Hillsbery's exploration of what happened to his British uncle who went to India in 1841, never to return, makes achingly vivid how difficult it was to escape one's preordained class and societal expectations in Victorian England. Hillsbery's family didn't talk about Nigel Halleck, (or was talked about in the "don't ask any more" way people have of referring to families' black sheep). All Hillsbery had was an old brooch Uncle Nigel sent his mother from India and the fact, grudgingly given, that he had "gone native" and lived out his days in the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal. There are two narratives here, that of Hillsbery's tracking down clues about what happened over intermittent trips to India spanning decades, and the story of Halleck, who came to Calcutta at 20 years old to serve as a clerk for the East India Company. The latter is written from Halleck's point of view, based on his letters and copious letters and records from contemporaries. Great details abound, both from historical accounts and from Hillsbery's own trips. For example, the young women who did the season in India without finding husbands were called Returned Empties when they arrived back in the UK. Marvelous insights into the British in India, along with a glimpse into gay life. This has a narrative sweep reminiscent of Christopher Hibbert's social histories. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2017 June #2

Hillsbery (War Boy) offers a compelling microhistory, personal memoir, and incredibly vivid account of the British Raj and the tumultuous events of the Indian Mutiny of 1857 in this enlightening book. Tracking the life of Nigel Halleck, the author's distant ancestor and a Victorian gentleman from Coventry, England, who "goes out to India," never to return, Hillsbery sets out on a journey in search of his relative's grave, marking the known towns and cities that Nigel inhabited. The narrative moves back and forth between the author's own experiences and a beautifully rich account of Nigel's quest, reconstructed through letters and extensive historical research. In discovering India through Nigel's eyes and later his own, Hillsbery provides readers with a glimpse of his own journey of self-discovery. VERDICT A compelling narrative of the social and spiritual life of 19th-century India. This book can also serve as a resource for anyone researching the themes of homosexuality, the East India Company, the Victorian era, and the Rana dynasty of Nepal.—Priyanka Sharma, Li Ka Shing Lib., Singapore

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.