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Sylvia, Queen of the Headhunters by Philip Eade (BA 1988)

29 June 2007

Sylvia Brooke was also known as Her Highness the Ranee of Sarawak, the notorious wife of the last White Rajah. One of the more exotic figures of the twentieth century, she was described by the press as 'that most charming of despots', and by her own brother as 'a female Iago'.

Sylvia Brooke was also known as Her Highness the Ranee of Sarawak, the notorious wife of the last White Rajah. One of the more exotic figures of the twentieth century, she was described by the press as 'that most charming of despots', and by her own brother as 'a female Iago'. This book chronicles the extraordinary life of the Ranee, with a supporting cast including Sylvia's father, a celebrated courtier in love with his own son; her whimsical and sexually incontinent husband, Rajah Vyner; the Rajah's unhinged, Rasputinesque private secretary; and the Rajah's nephew.