Press for ‘Sikkim’



Published by Birlinn in the UK

“A wonderful story, expertly told. What a film it would make!” (Sara Wheeler in The Spectator)

“A richly researched and compellingly written account” (John Keay in The Literary Review)

“A fast-paced, entertaining yet thoroughly researched work” (Jules Stewart, author of Spying for the Raj: the Pundits and the Mapping of the Himalaya, in The Geographical)

“A remarkable piece of detective work… a very valuable addition to how the Cold War played out in South Asia” (Michael Burleigh, author of Small Wars, Faraway Places)

“A gripping page-turner” (Govindan Nair in The Hindu)

“A substantial work of history” (Anjuli Kaul in Open Magazine)

“The last days of a Himalayan kingdom presented in glorious Technicolor” (Prajwal Parajuly, author of The Gurkha’s Daughter)

“It has all the ingredients for a major Feature Film: Love and hate, suspense and suspicion, great powers and small nations, a Shangri-la, beautiful foreign and Sikkimese princesses and a handsome king” (Sanjoy Hazarika in The Pioneer)

“Absorbing” (Free Press Journal)

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Published by Penguin in India

“Duff draws out the remarkable story of Sikkim’s annexation and its last king” (DNA India)

“Andrew Duff has connected many dots… A thoroughly readable account” (Harish Khare in The Tribune)

“An act of remembrance for a land that once belonged to a fairy tale… excellent research work meets historical story-telling” (Financial Chronicle)

“An enthralling retelling of the Sikkim tragedy” (Barbara Crosette, author of So Close to Heaven: The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas, in

“Clearly the most comprehensive account so far of Sikkim’s fall” (The Calcutta Telegraph)


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