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Stroud publisher celebrates record-breaking success ahead of major film

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Written by: Sophie Flowers | Posted 25 August 2017 15:33

Stroud publisher celebrates record-breaking success ahead of major film

Stroud publisher The History Press has broken its own records with the summer publication of Victoria & Abdul in the run-up to a major film release based on the remarkable true story.

This year The History Press, based at Brimscombe, is proud to be a sponsor of the biggest-ever Gloucester History Festival from September 2-17.

At the festival the book’s author Shrabani Basu will reveal a fascinating hidden story of Empire based on the lost diary of Abdul Karim and the letters and journals of Queen Victoria, including her previously untranslated Hindustani journals and other never-before-seen official Royal papers.

Shrabani will also speak about her involvement in the production of the new film based on her book which will be be released on September 15th starring Dame Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Simon Callow, and Eddie Izzard. It is directed by Stephen Frears.

The History Press says its new partnership with the Gloucester History Festival is bound by both a local link and a united cause: to reveal little-known stories from the past to new audiences.

The History Press is the UK's largest independent dedicated history publisher and Victoria & Abdul is on track to be the fastest selling book in the company's 10 year history, with excess of 20,000 copies already sold worldwide.

Founded in 2007, the company has a rich publishing heritage, the roots of which can be traced back to 1897 when William Phillimore founded a publishing business which still carries his name.

Victoria & Abdul: The Extraordinary Story of The Queen's Closest Confidant by Shrabani Basu, published by The History Press , £9.99.

Caption: The History Press's Caitlin Kirkman, Campaigns Manager; Gareth Swain, Managing Director + Verity Brighton, Digital Marketing Editor

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