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  • THE LAST MUGHAL

    Winner of the Duff Cooper Prize for History 2007 Bahadur Shah Zafar II, the last Mughal Emperor, was a mystic, a talented poet, and a skilled calligrapher, who, though deprived of real political power by the East India Company, succeeded in creating a court of great brilliance, and presided over one of the great cultural renaissances of Indian history. In 1857 it was Zafar’s blessing to a rebellion among the Company’s own Indian troops that transformed an army mutiny into the largest uprising the British Empire ever had to face. The Last Mughal is a portrait of the dazzling Delhi Zafar personified, and the story of the last days of the great Mughal capital and its final destruction in the catastrophe of 1857. Shaped from groundbreaking material, William Dalrymple’s powerful retelling of this fateful course of events is an extraordinary revisionist work with clear contemporary echoes. It is the first account to present the Indian perspective on the siege, and has at its heart the stories of the forgotten individuals tragically caught up in one of the bloodiest upheavals in history.

    ISBN: 9780143102434

    AUTHOR: WILLIAM DALRYMPLE
    ISBN: 9780143102434
    Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS
    Subtitle: THE FALL OF DELHI, 1857
    Author: WILLIAM DALRYMPLE

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  • THE ANARCHY

    In August 1765 the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and forced him to establish a new administration in his richest provinces. Run by English merchants who collected taxes using a ruthless private army, this new regime saw the East India Company transform itself from an international trading corporation into something much more unusual: an aggressive colonial power in the guise of a multinational business.
    William Dalrymple tells the remarkable story of the East India Company as it has never been told before, unfolding a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power.

    Author: William Dalrymple

    ISBN: 9781408864395
    ISBN: 9781408864395
    Publisher: BLOOMSBURY
    Subtitle: THE RELENTLESS RISE OF THE EAST INDIA COMPANY
    Author: WILLIAM DALRYMPLE

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  • THE LAST MUGHAL

    On a dark evening in November 1862, a cheap coffin is buried in eerie silence. There are no lamentations or panegyrics, for the British Commissioner in charge has insisted, ‘No vesting will remain to distinguish where the last of the Great Mughals rests.’ This Mughal is Bahadur Shah Zafar II, one of the most tolerant and likeable of his remarkable dynasty who found himself leader of a violent and doomed uprising. The Siege of Delhi was the Raj’s Stalingrad, the end of both Mughal power and a remarkable culture.

    Author: WILLIAM DALRYMPLE

    ISBN: 9781408800928
    ISBN: 9781408800928
    Publisher: BLOOMBERG PRESS
    Subtitle:
    Author: WILLIAM DALRYMPLE

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  • WHITE MUGHALS

    From the author of the Samuel Johnson prize-shortlisted ‘Return of a King’, the romantic and ultimately tragic tale of a passionate love affair that transcended all the cultural, religious and political boundaries of its time.
    James Achilles Kirkpatrick was the British Resident at the court of Hyderabad when he met Khair un-Nissa – ‘Most Excellent among Women’ – the great-niece of the Prime Minister of Hyderabad. He fell in love with her and overcame many obstacles to marry her, converting to Islam and, according to Indian sources, becoming a double-agent working against the East India Company.
    It is a remarkable story, but such things were not unknown: from the early sixteenth 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. Dalrymple unearths such colourful figures as ‘Hindoo Stuart’, who travelled with his own team of Brahmins to maintain his temple of idols, and Sir David Auchterlony, who took all 13 of his Indian wives out for evening promenades, each on the back of her own elephant.
    In ‘White Mughals’, William Dalrymple discovers a world almost entirely unexplored by history, and places at its centre a compelling tale of seduction and betrayal.

    Author: William Dalrymple

    ISBN: 9780006550969
    ISBN: 9780006550969
    Publisher: PENGUIN BOOK
    Subtitle: LOVE & BETRAYAL IN EIGHTEENTH- CENTURY INDIA
    Author: WILLIAM DALRYMPLE

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  • CITY OF DJINNS


    ISBN: 9780006375951
    Publisher: HARPER PRESS
    Subtitle: A YEAR IN DELHI
    Author: WILLIAM DALRYMPLE

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  • BEGUMS, THUGS & ENGLISHMEN


    ISBN: 9780143029885
    Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS
    Subtitle: THE JOURNALS OF FANNY PARKES
    Author: WILLIAM DALRYMPLE

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  • NINE LIVES


    ISBN: 9781408878194
    Publisher: BLOOMSBURY
    Subtitle:
    Author: WILLIAM DALRYMPLE

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  • RETURN OF A KING

    In the spring of 1839, the British invaded Afghanistan for the first time. Led by lancers in scarlet cloaks and plumed shakos, nearly 20,000 British and East India Company troops poured through the high mountain passes and re-established on the throne Shah Shuja ul-Mulk.

    On the way in, the British faced little resistance. But after two years of occupation, the Afghan people rose in answer to the call for jihad and the country exploded into violent rebellion. The First Anglo-Afghan War ended in Britain’s greatest military humiliation of the nineteenth century: an entire army of the then most powerful nation in the world ambushed in retreat and utterly routed by poorly equipped tribesmen.

    Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2013, Return of a King is the definitive analysis of the First Afghan War, told through the lives of unforgettable characters on all sides and using for the first time contemporary Afghan accounts of the conflict. Prize-winning and bestselling historian William Dalrymple’s masterful retelling of Britain’s greatest imperial disaster is a powerful and important parable of colonial ambition and cultural collision, folly and hubris, for our times.
    ISBN: 9781408831595
    Publisher: BLOOMSBURY
    Subtitle: THE BATTLE FOR AFGHANISTAN
    Author: WILLIAM DALRYMPLE

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  • WHITE MUGHALS


    ISBN: 9780143030461
    Publisher: PENGUIN
    Subtitle: LOVE AND BETRAYAL IN EIGHTEENTH CENTURY INDIA
    Author: WILLIAM DALRYMPLE

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  • FROM THE HOLY MOUNTAIN


    ISBN: 9780143031086
    Publisher: PENGUIN BOOK
    Subtitle: A JOURNEY IN THE SHADOW OF BYZANTIUM
    Author: WILLIAM DALRYMPLE

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