Hugh Raymond Leach Remembered
Imprint: Arabian Publishing Ltd.
160 Pages, 7.7 x 9.8 in, 124 color and b/w images, 2 maps
- June 2023
Just Hugh is a portrait of Hugh Leach, an end-of-era soldier, diplomat, traveler and, above all, charismatic enthusiast. The title reflects his passion for Just William books, one of his many and varied interests. To echo a phrase that Hugh used on the flyleaf of his Strolling About on the Roof of the World, the 'fons et origo' of these memories was an idea mooted at his memorial service in April 2016, five months after his death. The book combines anecdotes and recollections submitted after that service with others previously received for his RSAA obituary, together with Hugh's own reminiscences in his later years. Tales from twenty-five years of service between the Nile and the Euphrates and travels throughout Central Asia are interwoven with biographical details to create a 'memory book' of this unique, much missed, man of many parts.