A Guide for the 19th Century Gentleman from the White Rajah
Waterstones, Windsor 7.30pm
When charismatic adventurer James Brooke travels to Borneo, he plans to make a great fortune establishing trade between the natives and the British Empire but ends up rajah of his own country. The story is told by John Williamson, a young sailor who has travelled with Brooke since he set out from England. They find themselves mixed up in Borneo’s civil war, political divisions, and intrigue, being forced further and further away from their dreams and ideals and struggling to establish the British presence on the island. Based on the true story of James Brooke, the first White Rajah of Sarawak, this tale of adventure and love is set against the background of a jungle world of extraordinary beauty and savagery. But follow in his steps, and you too may find and rule your own country.
Tom Williams has been writing about boring things like insurance for most of his adult life, but a trip to Borneo eventually resulted in a novel: 'The White Rajah'. One thing led to another and historical novels have now become something of a habit. He has written several more books, some following John Williamson's adventures, some set at the time of the Napoleonic Wars, and all good reading.