There was a time when it could be said that Lord Wavell, the penultimate British Viceroy of India, had had a uniformly bad press. He was notorious for his silences, and Attlee removed him from his position for being unimaginative about Britain's final withdrawal from India. But a different view has also been advanced. He has been presented as a man sympathetic to nationalist aspirations who strove to go the extra mile with them. A full portrait is still awaited.!