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This month’s best historical reads

By Anita Anand

Simon im and Schuster, £20, hardback, 384 pages Si The events of the 1919 massacre in Amritsar still shock: a British Br military commander ordering his troops to fire on a crowd of unarmed Indian civilians, gathered to listen liste to political speeches and spend time with their neighbours. neig Hundreds were killed, and many more wounded. wou It was a pivotal moment in the relationship between betw India and the British Empire and, as this new book boo explores, had a lasting effect on those who were there. ther Anita Anand traces the story through the eyes of one o man, young revolutionary Udham Singh, who set out to kill the province’s governor in revenge for the massacre. It’s a timely, personal look at a horrific moment mom m in history.

More than 20 years after the massacre, Michael O’Dwyer was shot dead by Singh in central London
AUTHOR PHOTO: SUKHI DHANDA, ALAMY X1, GETTY IMAGES X1
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“Don’t let every little feeling be read in your face and seen in your manner.” Queen Victoria certainly took her own advice. But her personal feelings have since been revealed through her diaries and letters, and this issue we ask the celebrated historian Lucy Worsley how these private words have shed light on Victoria’s life and deeds. Plus: the tale of how modest Oxford don JRR Tolkien was inspired to create Middle Earth, an ancient Athenian whodunnit, our A-Z of executions, the most brilliant beards in history, and more.