• by William Dalrymple, Anita Anand
  • Narrated by Leighton Pugh
  • 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first comprehensive and authoritative history of the Koh-i-Noor, arguably the most celebrated and mythologised jewel in the world, from the internationally acclaimed and best-selling historians William Dalrymple and Anita Anand.
On 29 March 1849, the 10-year-old Maharajah of the Punjab was ushered into the magnificent Mirrored Hall at the centre of the great Fort in Lahore. There, in a public ceremony, the frightened but dignified child handed over to the British East India Company in a formal act of submission not only swathes of the richest land in India but also arguably the single most valuable object in the subcontinent: the celebrated Koh-i-Noor diamond. The Mountain of Light.
Under commission from the British East India Company, gossip from Delhi bazaars was woven into what would become the accepted history of the Koh-i-Noor. Now, for the first time, 150 years after it was written, this version is finally challenged, freeing the diamond from the fog of mythology which has clung to it for so long. The resulting history is one of greed, conquest, murder, torture, colonialism and appropriation through an impressive slice of South and Central Asian history. Masterly, powerful and erudite, this is history at its most compelling and invigorating.


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Customer Reviews

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excellent book, pronunciations a bit iffy

this book is really excellent and works well as an audiobook.

Leighton Pugh reads it well but his pronunciation of hindi / urdu / punjabi words & names etc isn't fantastic.

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Sparked my interest

Would you try another book written by William Dalrymple and Anita Anand or narrated by Leighton Pugh?

Maybe. Too much detail in earlier chapters where I would challenge any reader to try to keep up with the mass of foreign names and then not enough detail in second part of the book after the diamond reached uk.

Would you be willing to try another one of Leighton Pugh’s performances?

Yes but there was a huge problem with volume. All my other books are fine but the sound on iPhone and IPad was low. It was a struggle to hear and this spoiled my enjoyment of the book to a considerable degree

If this book were a film would you go see it?


Any additional comments?

See above re narration. It did spark my interest and I will look for other books on this diamond but I will need better sound as this one was was almost inaudible in parts

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-06-2017
  • Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury