KOH-I-NOOR: THE HIS­TORY OF THE WORLD’S MOST IN­FA­MOUS DI­A­MOND Wil­liam Dal­rym­ple and Anita Anand Blooms­bury, $25

Mercury (Hobart) - Magazine - - Between The Lines - FRANCES WHIT­ING

The Koh-I-Noor may not be the world’s big­gest di­a­mond, nor is it the bright­est, but it is cer­tainly the most fa­mous. Wil­liam Dal­rym­ple and Anita Anand trace its jour­ney from the first men­tion of it in 1547 in In­dia to its place among the Bri­tish Crown Jew­els. On the cross of the Queen Con­sort Crown tra­di­tion­ally worn at coro­na­tions, its likely next wearer, Camilla Parker-Bowles, might like to re­con­sider. Its wear­ers are said to be cursed, had their eye­balls pricked by nee­dles, shot, stabbed and lost their minds and for­tunes. This thor­oughly re­searched ac­count leaves the reader ea­ger to gaze upon the real thing, al­beit through pro­tec­tive gog­gles. One for the his­tory buffs.

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