Win a Family Weekend Break with Lovereading and VisitWiltshire - click here for details...

debuts of the month join us on facebook
Search our site
The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft Read the opening extract of the brand new Elle Croft book before its publication on 25/01/2018

Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India by William Dalrymple
  

Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India

Travel   The Real World   

Lovereading view...

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.

Synopsis

Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India by William Dalrymple

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.

Reviews

'His most ambitious yet, taking the reader into lurid, scarcely imaginable worlds of mysticism ... Dalrymple has an inimitable way of conjuring the Indian landscape'
Financial Times

'This is travel writing at its best. I hope it sparks a revival'
Observer

'Beautifully written, ridiculously erudite, warm and open-hearted ... A towering talent'
The Times

'A blend of travelogue, ethnography, oral history and reportage, Nine Lives is compelling and poignant'
Guardian

About the Author

William Dalrymple

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 and three children on a farm outside Dehli.

Author photo © Karoki Lewi

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

7th June 2010

Author

William Dalrymple

More books by William Dalrymple
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Author's Website

www.williamdalrymple.uk.com
Loading twitter updates...

Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Paperback

Categories

Travel
The Real World


ISBN

9781408801246

Lovereading helps me decide what real people read.

Kerry Bridges

Love books. Love reading. Love reading books. And, here's the trick. Here's a website which caters for people like me.

Ian Harvey-brown

As for why I'd recommend Lovereading, it's simple - it's a great place to get information and reviews about new books!

Margaret Freeman

A well laid out site, I love the fact that is separates paranormal fiction from fantasy and horror, which other sites don't.

Jen Rainbow

Lovereading is a wonderful way to expand my literary horizons, discover inspiring authors & get the chance to read new novels first. #loveit

Zarina de Ruiter

I love Lovereading for the wonderful like for like author recommendations and for highlighting new books, it's a great resource for readers!

Lindsay

It has opened my eyes to different authors and genres. Just log on and try, you will be surprised and not want for reading material again.

Jocelyn Garvey

Lovereading is pitched at just the right level for all the various types of people who enjoy reading in its many forms.

Pam Woodburn

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools