Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 2 June 2010.
William Dalrymple delves deep into the heart of a nation torn between the relentless onslaught of modernity and the ancient traditions that endure to this day.
A Buddhist monk takes up arms to resist the Chinese invasion of Tibet - then spends the rest of his life trying to atone for the violence by hand printing the best prayer flags in India. A Jain nun tests her powers of detachment as she watches her best friend ritually starve herself to death. Nine people, nine lives; each one taking a different religious path, each one an unforgettable story. William Dalrymple delves deep into the heart of a nation torn between the relentless onslaught of modernity and the continuity of ancient traditions. It was long listed for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize.
'His most ambitious yet, taking the reader into lurid, scarcely imaginable worlds of mysticism ... Dalrymple has an inimitable way of conjuring the Indian landscape'
'This is travel writing at its best. I hope it sparks a revival'
'Beautifully written, ridiculously erudite, warm and open-hearted ... A towering talent'
'A blend of travelogue, ethnography, oral history and reportage, Nine Lives is compelling and poignant'
Publication date: 07/06/2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
|Publication date:||7th June 2010|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Genres:||The Real World, Travel,|
William Dalrymple was born in Scotland and brought up on the shores of the Firth of Forth. He wrote the highly acclaimed bestseller In Xanadu when he was twenty-two. City of Djinns won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award and the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award. The Age of Kali won the French Prix D'Astrolabe and White Mughals won the Wolfson Prize for History 2003 and the Scottish Book of the Year Prize. The Last Mughal was longlisted for the BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize and won the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize. He lives with his wife ...More About William Dalrymple