John Butler

In Appeal to the Ladies of Hyderabad: Scandal in the Raj reveals the underbelly of the British Raj in 19th-century India. It follows Mehdi Hasan and Ellen Donnelly, whose marriage was pulled apart by high society.

Empire of Enchantment by John Zubrzycki delves into the fascinating history of Indian magic and reveals how the country’s magicians first came to the West, where they showed their counterparts a thing or two.

Gendun Chopel gave up his monastic vows and travelled to India in 1934 to ‘eliminate misconceptions about the passion of desire’; he writes of women’s equal role in the joys of sex – a break with traditional thinking at that time