The Queen's Tiger is a vivid romp with a complicated plot

By Claudia Hyles
December 14 2019 - 5:00am

Thomas Jones Barker's painting The Relief of Lucknow 1857 adorns the cover of The Queen's Tiger, an event which takes place towards the novel's end. Three men stand shaking hands in the centre of a crowded scene are surrounded by members of the Persian and British Armies, injured men lying in the foreground and smoke rising from behind exotic buildings in the background. We meet two of the men early - Major General Sir Henry Havelock and Lieutenant General Sir James Outram. The third is Sir Colin Campbell, Commander in Chief in India, who ultimately lifts the dreadful siege.

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