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books: non-fiction; SYLVIA - QUEEN OF THE HEADHUNTER Philip Eade ****.

Byline: by Lorne Jackson

I'M a sucker for Pbiogs about British eccentrics, and this is one of the best. Sylvia Brooke was the consort of His Highness, Sir Vyner Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak, the last in a bizarre dynasty of English despots who ruled a jungle kingdom on Borneo until 1946.

The White Rajahs were held up as ideal rulers, but the bonkers behaviour of Rancee Sylvia - self-styled Queen of Headhunters - changed that. This great book should be turned into a movie... preferably directed by Ken Russell.

VERDICT: Heads you win - severed heads.

(Phoenix: pounds 8.99)
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Nov 16, 2008
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