William Dalrymple

(born March 1965 - ) - East Lothian

William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple was born in East Lothian but now divides his time between London and Dehli, India. After graduating from Cambridge University he wrote In Zanadu: A Quest at the age of 22, which won the Yorkshire Post Best First Book Award and a Scottish Arts Council Book Award; he has since won awards and acclaim for each of his subsequent books.

In 1989 Dalrymple moved to Delhi to research his second book, City of Djinns, a lyrical, varied history and description of Old and New Delhi. His fifth book White Mughals, tracing the history of a love affair between a British dignitary and a Hyderabadi noblewoman, and challenges assumptions about the division been the 'rulers and the ruled' in the British Raj. He describes himself as fascinated by Islam - "I love the music, I love the food, I love the architecture. It is the thing in life which has most fascinated me." Works such as White Mughals are in part an attempt to change Western perceptions about Islam.

Dalrmyple is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (and was the youngest Fellow to join), and a member for the Royal Asiatic Society. He has also written and presented for radio and televison; a list of his articles and essays can be found on his website. He is married with three children, and is currently writing a book about the First Afghan War.

  • Cover scan of The Age Of Kali
    The Age Of Kali: Indian Travels & Encounters - Paperback
    Featured in the pages of The Age of Kali are flashy Bombay drinks parties and violent village blood feuds as well as a group of vegetarian terrorists intent on destroying India's first Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet.
  • Cover scan of City Of Djinns
    City Of Djinns - Paperback
    Alive with the mayhem of the present and sparkling with William Dalrymple's irrepressible wit, City of Djinns is a fascinating portrait of a city.
  • Cover scan of From The Holy Mountain
    From The Holy Mountain: A Journey In The Shadow Of Byzantium - Paperback
    In the spring of 587 A.D., 2 men set out from the great desert monastery of St Theodosius, near Bethlehem. It was the start of an extraordinary journey across the entire Byzantine world, and William Dalrymple has followed in their footsteps.
  • Cover scan of Nine Lives
    Nine Lives: In Search Of The Sacred In Modern India - Hardback
    'Nine Lives' is a distillation of 25 years of exploring India and writing about its religious traditions, taking you deep into worlds that you would never have imagined even existed.
  • Cover scan of White Mughals
    White Mughals: Love And Betrayal In Eighteenth-Century India - Paperback
    From the early 16th century to the eve of the Indian Mutiny, the 'white Mughals' who wore local dress and adopted Indian ways were a source of embarrassment to successive colonial administrations. This book uncovers a world unexplored by history, and places at its centre a tale of betrayal.


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