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William Dalrymple



Biography

William Dalrymple was born and brought up in Scotland. He wrote his first book, In Xanadu: A Quest (1989), at 22 and in 1989, moved to Delhi to research City of Djinns: a year in Delhi (1993), which went on to win the 1994 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. His next book, From the Holy Mountain: a Journey in the Shadow of Byzantium (1997), charts the demise of Christianity in the Middle East, and this was followed by The Age of Kali: Indian Travels and Encounters (1998), a collection of writings about India, which won the French Prix d'Astrolabe. White Mughals (2002), the book which marked Dalrymple's shift from travel writing to history, won the 2003 Wolfson Prize for History, and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award. In 2006, he published The Last Mughal: the Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857 to huge acclaim, topping bestseller lists in both the UK and India. In 2006 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of St. Andrews for his services to literature and international relations. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Asiatic Society, and lives between London and Delhi. His latest book is Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India (2008), shortlisted for a 2010 Scottish Arts Council Book Award.
William Dalrymple