Percy Sykes & the Great Game in Persia, with Anthony Wynn

Sir Percy Sykes, whose exploits in the Great Game against the Russians, then the Germans, preserved British interests in Persia between the 1890s and the outbreak of World War I


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The long involvement of the British in Iran, defending the route to India and the Persian oilfields, attracted the most extraordinary men, none more so than Sir Percy Sykes, whose exploits in the Great Game against the Russians, then the Germans, passed into legend and preserved British interests in Persia between the 1890s and the outbreak of World War I.

Antony’s decades of involvement with Iran, his years of living there, his deep research, bring Percy Sykes and the period to vivid life, as well as casting light on attitudes and opinions in Iran today.


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Antony Wynn

Antony read Persian and Turkish at Oxford and attended Shiraz University in Iran. He is editor of the Journal of the Iran Society, a regular contributor to learned magazines, and is author of Three Camels to Smyrna and Persia in the Great Game: Sir Percy Sykes, Explorer, Consul, Soldier, Spy




Peter Hopkirk: 'A vivid reminder of the extraordinary lives and times of those who once played the Great Game.'

Anthony Beevor: 'A superbly researched biography.'

TLS: 'The highly readable account of a character who astonished his contemporaries by his courage and cheek.'

2010Martin Keeley