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In Xanadu by William Dalrymple
  

Synopsis

In Xanadu by William Dalrymple

One of the most successful, influential and acclaimed travel books of recent years from the author of 'Return of a King', which has been shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize. At the age of twenty-two, William Dalrymple left his college in Cambridge to travel to the ruins of Kublai Khan's stately pleasure dome in Xanadu. This is an account of a quest which took him and his companions across the width of Asia, along dusty, forgotten roads, through villages and cities full of unexpected hospitality and wildly improbable escapades, to Coleridge's Xanadu itself. At once funny and knowledgeable, In Xanadu is in the finest tradition of British travel writing. Told with an exhilarating blend of eloquence, wit, poetry and delight, it is already established as a classic of its kind.

Reviews

'Brilliant'
Spectator

'Glorious'
Patrick Leigh Fermor

'Dalrymple is probably the best travel writer of his generation'
Daily Mail

'The future of travel writing lies in the hands of gifted authors like Dalrymple'
Sara Wheeler, Independent

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

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Book Info

Publication date

27th September 1990

Author

William Dalrymple

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Author's Website

www.williamdalrymple.uk.com

Publisher

Flamingo an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Travel writing

ISBN

9780006544159

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