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The Great Hedge of India

By Roy Moxham

  • Paperback
  • £9.99

The bestselling account of the author's quest for a lost wonder of the world, The Great Hedge of India.

This is the quest for a lost wonder of the world, in the author's words his 'ridiculous obsession', arose from the chance discovery of some dusty memoirs that told of a mighty hedge spanning the Indian subcontinent in the nineteenth century.

The hedge was set in place to allow the collection of the Salt Tax by British customs officers, Inspired by the concept of this amazing living barrier, now forgotten, Roy Moxham set off to find out what has happened to it and whether any remnant existed today. His travels in India, and what he found there, form the basis for this illuminating book.

Writer Jan Morris comments, 'At first I thought this remarkable book must be a hoax . . . It tells the story of one of the least-known wonders of Queen Victoria's India - a customs barrier 2,300 miles long, most of it made of hedge. It was patrolled by 12,000 men and would have stretched from London to Constantinople, yet few historians mention it and most of us have never heard of it. Could anything be more astonishing?'

Biographical Notes

Roy Moxham was born and brought up in Evesham in Worcestershire. He has been an art gallery owner, book and paper conservator, and been in charge of conservation at the University of London Library. He is also the author of the Brief History of Tea also published by Robinson.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781841194677
  • Publication date: 28 Mar 2002
  • Page count: 240
  • Imprint: Constable
The Great Hedge is part history, part detective story, part travel book. Above all, it's a great read. — Mail on Sunday
Moxham has written a parable at once light-handed and melancholy about the cruelty and folly fo the empire. — Financial Times
Both scholarly and funny - a rare combination, It surprised me and I hugely enjoyed it. — Eric Newby
Moxham has pulled out a jewel. — The Times
Marvellous....Moxham sets out to find the remnants of this qunitessentially English folly, writing an affectionate and scholarly narrative'. — Observer
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