by Victoria Glendinning (Profile Books)
Thomas Stamford Raffles is best known as the founder of Singapore. In 1819 he planted the British flag on this jungle-covered island off the tip of the Malay peninsula in order to secure a base for British trade on the all-important route between India and China.
Singapore was immediately successful, a free port attracting vessels from all nations – and is now the world hub that Raffles dreamed it could be. Victoria Glendinning is an acclaimed biographer and in her latest book delves into the life of this adventurer and idealist in her latest book Raffles and the Golden Opportunity.