I think the current weather is having a subliminal effect on my reading , I'm half way through a book on the 'Battle of the Bulge' 1944 which of course is set in winter and I just couldn't get on with it - all that talk of snow and ice etc . - then along comes the above book which I pre-ordered and has arrived early (evidently he's written two cracking books on the 1st and 2nd Sikh wars) and so I'm now immersed in the sweltering heat of India just outside Delhi ! - much better ! .
PS must clean my mug out !!