At the beginning of the 19th century, it took months to get from England to India, clear at the other end of the Empire. Better communications were imperative. This is the story of how it was done - laboriously, stubbornly, sometimes misguidedly - by several generations of entrepeneurs, engineers, inventors and military men, first with steamships and then by railway. It is a story full of colourful anecdotes and even more colourful characters, from Captain Charles Chesney (who tried - and failed - to establish a steamship ...

Steaming East 1992, Random House (UK)

ISBN-13: 9780370314976