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John Zubrzycki’s latest book The Mysterious Mr Jacob: Diamond Merchant, Magician and Spy tells the extraordinary story of one of the most enigmatic figures of the Raj. For the past two years John has been researching the history of Indian stage magic as part of a doctoral thesis at the University of NSW. A former deputy foreign editor at The Australian, he has worked in India as a correspondent, diplomat, consultant and tour guide.  His first book was The Last Nizam: An Indian Prince in the Australian Outback.