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Mereo Books publishes ‘An Indian in the House’ by Lord Mohamed Sheikh early 2019

A unique, authoritative insight into the first Indians to break the race barrier and gain a foothold in British politics. Written by Lord Mohamed Sheikh.

For more than three centuries, from the East India Company’s first trade missions to Asia until the long-awaited granting of independence in 1947, India was controlled and exploited by the British Empire. Indians were not considered fit to have a say in the running of their own country, let alone to be given any measure of political power.

Over the final decades of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th, four men helped to change that forever: Dadabhai Naoroji, Mancherjee Bhownaggree, Shapurji Saklatvala and Satyendra Sinha. These men were the first four Indians to achieve Parliamentary office in the United Kingdom, the first three as MPs, all for different parties, the last as a Cabinet Minister.

While you could scarcely find four more contrasting personalities, they had several vital points in common: all four men loved and fought for their country, all four shared a passion for justice and equity, and all four were highly motivated and fiercely intelligent. Between them they earned India, and Indians, a long-overdue respect in the West, and opened the door for many of their countrymen to be welcomed into the ranks of government in their wake. This book tells their stories.

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John Hughes-Wilson's 1914 First Blood. A Tommy Gunn Adventure launch at Daunt Books.

John Hughes-Wilson retired from a prominent army career to become one of Britain’s leading military historians, as well as a successful novelist. A former Colonel on NATO’s International Political Staff in Brussels, his military posts included Head of Policy and Senior British Intelligence Officer, SHAPE, and posts with Intelligence, Counter-Terrorism and Special Forces. His factual books include the best-selling Military Intelligence Blunders; Blindfold and Alone published by Constable & Robinson, (described by the Guardian as “the definitive book on the WW1 executions”); and A Brief History of the Cold WarThe Puppet Masters, a history of intelligence, published by Phoenix was shortlisted for the Westminster Gold Medal. An American Coup d’Etat – Who Really Killed JFK? was published in 2013 by John Blake Publishing.

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Elfrida Eden Fallowfield author of The Dancing Debutante

Elfrida Eden Fallowfield, one of London’s best-loved ballet teachers and niece of Sir Anthony Eden, British Prime Minister in the mid-1950s talks about her time as one of the last of the true ‘debs’. Elfrida mingled with the stars in the 1950s and 60s and has counted many household names from the world of entertainment as close friends, including David Jacobs and Derek Nimmo.

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Frankfurt Book Fair 2014

Some interesting views and photographs which illustrate the diversity and content of the book fair as seen through the lens of Mereo Books staff photographer. 7300 exhibitors and 275,000 visitors, more than 3,700 events, 9,000 journalists and over 1,000 bloggers all combine to make the Frankfurt Book Fair the biggest trade fair for the international publishing industry in the world.

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