Hugh Purcell is a writer, documentary film producer and lecturer with a long-standing interest in India, the Raj and the First World War. He worked for many years producing history programmes for BBC radio and television. His previous books include Fascism, The Spanish Civil War, Revolutionary War, a biography of Tom Wintringham, The Last English Revolutionary, After the Raj: The Last Stayers-On and the Legacy of British India and a biography of Lloyd George. He is a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has visited India continuously since 1964 and knows the Bikaner family.