Thomas Stamford Raffles (1781-1826) was the charismatic and persuasive founder of Singapore and Governor of Java. This title charts his prodigious rise within the social and historical contexts of his world.
Victoria Glendinning is a prize-winning biographer, the author of lives of Elizabeth Bowen, Vita Sackville-West, Edith Sitwell, Trollope and Leonard Woolf. She has also written three novels: The Grown-Ups, Electricity and Flight. She is a Vice-President of English PEN, Vice-President of the Royal Society of Literature and was appointed CBE in 1998. Born in Yorkshire, she now lives in Somerset.