Going to Extremes

The Adventurous Life of Harry de Windt

Stephen Wade

* Includes an account of major historical events such as the Klondike Gold Rush.

* Has a Great War element - internment and POW.

* Also includes tales of long-distance journeys in the wilderness.

* Has dramatic scenes of war and rebellion in the Far East.

* Has a cast of characters all in the context of the Great Game - the Russia/Britain
Date Published :
November 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
20 illustrations and 3 maps
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ISBN : 9781473863545
Pages : 200
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
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Harry de Windt (1856–1933) was a man who, by any standards, was a personality, a marked presence in the world of Victorian and Edwardian literature and social life. He was a member of the literary circle around Oscar Wilde and his friend and lover, Bosie (Lord Alfred Douglas); he was active in the world of the turf; and he traveled – he took on dangerous journeys with relish, crossing vast tracts of the British and Russian empires for the sheer thrill of it. This book traces his life and adventures, at home and abroad, and also gives an account of his early work on military service in Sarawak, Malaysia, his expert knowledge of the Russian prison system, and his later Great War role running a POW camp.

Many of his books reflect epic journeys against the odds: From Paris to New York by Land, Savage Europe, Siberia As It Is and others. His autobiographical work, My Restless Life, perhaps sums up his nature.

Interesting facts:

* Harry de Windt was brother to the Ranee of Sarawak and fought against rebels there in his early career
* He visited the penal colony on the Russian island of Sakhalin close to the same time that Anton Chekhov went there
* He appeared as a witness in the trial for libel of Lord Alfred Douglas, as he blamed Winston Churchill for the heavy losses in the Battle of Jutland
* On his travels he met a host of interesting people – from murderers to statesmen

About The Author

Stephen Wade is a biographer and social historian, usually associated with crime and law, but here he turns his attention to a place he has known for forty years, as he has lived and worked in Scunthorpe all that time. His most recent books have been "Going to Extremes", "The Justice Women" and three volumes in the "Your Town in the Great War" series (all Pen & Sword), and :No More Soldiering" (Amberley).


"A fascinating figure and life, Harry de Windt was a writer and famous personality of his day, walking in exulted circles at the highest reaches of society. He was a traveller and undertook many dangerous journeys with relish. This book traces his life and adventures at home and abroad and covers his military service in Sarawak and Malaysia, his expert knowledge of the Russian prison system and his later Great War role running a prisoner of war camp. A very interesting character.
Fascinating work. 8/10"

- The Great War Magazine, January 2017

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