Book Review: Interview with Roy Moxham

This is a 2-part interview with author Roy Moxham, who wrote, “The Great Hedge of India: The Search for a Living Barrier That Divided a Nation”, and “Tea: Addiction, Exploitations and Empire”. Mr. Moxham recently retired from the University of London library, where he was in charge of preservation and conservation of books. He is currently spending time in India researching for his third book, “Malabar Dreams.” In Part-I of the interview he talks about his books, India, and how he researches for his books. In Part-II he talks about his new book project, and how he goes about researching and writing for his books.

Some interesting views on Moxham's work can be read here and here.

Roy Moxham Interview


  • Liz

    Had never heard of this writer, or the the stuff that his books seem to be about. (Goes to show how much we’re taught about India in our schools!)

    Is he biased against/ towards India at all? Like is he an Indophile or someone who is comfortable with British rule over India? Thanks again!

  • yasmita

    The book was simply amazing…I am an Indian living in India itself but I had never even heard of the Customs Hedge until I read the book by Mr Moxham…just goes to show how much there is that we still dont know…..

  • brij

    For morning walks,we used to go on a ridge in west delhi running from patel road towards southeast towards indrapuri parralel to rail lines from patel nagar station in a southwesterly direction for about 0.5 miles.It had some acacia trees and small berry (lal ber) bushes.As children we always thought it was an old boundary for defence or flood levy(now delhi is dry but there were floods in jumna river in 1955).I thoroughly enjoyed the travel experiences of Roy.I sent him e mails but they have bounced back.Can somebody tell me his correct e mail?Thanks

  • Anita

    I stumbled across The Great Hedge of India in my local library here in New York, and was glued to the book from the start. It’s an interesting book on so many levels, and I’m impressed with the author’s tenacity throughout his research for the book. It was great hearing his point of view on the audio interview! I also wish there was a way to contact the author, but it looks like he’s busy on new projects.

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