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The Story of India by Michael Wood

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Appeared on “Hay-on-Sky” 29 May. Yes its a book supporting a TV series - but the main emotion that comes from reading it is Michael Woods absolute love of the country. It is a fascinating account of a country that is home to more than 1/5th of the worlds population and is amazingly vibrant.

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The Story of India by Michael Wood

In "The Story of India", Michael Wood weaves a spellbinding narrative out of the 10,000-year history of the subcontinent. Home today to more than a fifth of the world's population, India gave birth to the oldest and most influential civilization on Earth, to four world religions, and to the world's largest democracy. Now, as India bids to become a global economic giant, Michael sets out on an epic journey across this vibrant country to trace the roots of India's present in the incredible riches of her past. "The Story of India" is a magical mixture of history and travelogue, and an unforgettable portrait of India - past, present and future.

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An entertaining history of one of the world's most fascinating places * Daily Telegraph on the hardback edition * A marvellously vivid portrait of India's 10,000-year-old cultural and religious history...Gorgeously illustrated and intelligently written, this is both an erudite and entertaining history * Sunday Telegraph on the hardback edition * This is a beautifully illustrated cultural history, a traveller's tale and a compelling and readable guide to the rise and rise of a civilization * The Good Book Guide on the hardback edition * Michael Wood is the maker of some of the best television documentaries ever made on history and archaeology. * Times Literary Supplement *

About the Author

Michael Wood

Michael Wood is the writer and presenter of many critically acclaimed series on television, including Art of the Western World, Legacy and In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great. He is author of over sixty TV films which have been shown worldwide and of several best selling and highly praised books.

He was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Oriel College Oxford where he did postgraduate research in Anglo-Saxon history. Since then he has worked as a journalist, broadcaster and film maker.

Indian civilisation has long been a special interest: Over the years Michael Wood has made a dozen visits to India and in addition to his films, Darshan and Legacy, he has written The Smile of Murugan, about a small town inTamil Nadu and its annual pilgrimage.

His academic background was in early medieval English history; among his publications are In Search of the Dark Ages and Domesday. He published a recent series of medieval essays as In Search of England.

Michael Wood lives in North London with his wife and their two daughters.

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3rd July 2008


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336 pages


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