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Thursday, March 24, 2011

William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple was born in Scotland and brought up on the shores of Firth of Forth. He is the author of five books of history and travel, including the highly acclaimed bestseller City of Djinns, which won the 1994 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award and the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award. His book, White Mughals, garnered a range of prizes, including the prestigious Wolfson Prize for History 2003 and the Scottish Book of the Year Prize. It was also shortlisted for the PEN History Award, the Kiriyama Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. A stage version by Christopher Hampton has been commissioned by the National Theatre and the Tamasha Theatre Company.

A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Asiatic Society, Dalrymple was awarded the 2002 Mungo Park Medal by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for his 'outstanding contribution to travel literature' and the Sykes Medal of the Royal Society of Asian Affairs in 2005 for his contribution to the understanding of contemporary Islam. He wrote and presented three television series, Stones of the Raj, Sufi Soul and Indian Journeys, the last of which won the Grierson Award for Best Documentary series at BAFTA in 2002. In December 2005, his article on the madrassas of Pakistan was awarded the prize for Print Article of the Year at the 2005 FPA Media Awards.

He is married to the artist Olivia Fraser and they have three children. They divide their time between London, Scotland and Delhi.

By William Dalrymple:


In Xanadu
White Mughals
City of Djinns
The Last Mughal
From the Holy Mountain
The Age of Kali
Nine Lives

Books and DVDs introduced by William Dalrymple:

Sufi Soul, the Mystic Music of Islam (DVD)
Edge of Faith (Book)
Begums, Thugs and White Mughals (Book)
The Monumental India Book (Book)
Visions of Mughal India (Book)
Raghu Rai's Delhi (Book)