Most of Peter Hopkirk’s books are on sale in the UK right now

I’m a big fan of Peter Hopkirk’s books, which are mostly histories of Central Asia/India during the Great Game period. Part of this is just that I’m kind of a fan of that period (including mysteries set in that period), but I also think his books are interesting to read and really bring the history to life. Now a bunch of them have dropped in price, mostly at Kindle UK, including:

  • Trespassers on the Roof of the World: The Race for Lhasa, £0.99
  • Foreign Devils on the Silk Road: The Search for the Lost Treasures of Central Asia, £1.99
  • On Secret Service East of Constantinople: The Plot to Bring Down the British Empire, £2.99
  • Setting the East Ablaze: Lenin’s Dream of an Empire in Asia, £3.99 (not really dropped in price, but still reasonably inexpensive), also $3.99 in the US
  • The Great Game: On Secret Service in High Asia, £4.99
  • And finally, The Quest for Kim, which is not quite a history, but not really fiction either – it documents Hopkirk’s attempts, some successful and some not, to trace the paths of Kipling’s Kim in modern day South Asia, £1.99/$1.99

I haven’t been able to find most of Hopkirk’s books in the US now, which is odd because I bought almost all of them a few years ago at Kobo and Kindle US. Perhaps some publisher issue…

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