Return of a King: In Conversation with William Dalrymple

5:00–7:00 pm
Center in Delhi


British writer and historian William Dalrymple read from his most recent work, The Return of a King: the First Battle for Afghanistan 1839–42, about the First Anglo-Afghan War, published in India in December 2012, in the UK in February 2013 and in the US in April 2013. A question and answer session followed the talk.

Dalrymple was born in Scotland in 1965 and currently resides at Mehrauli, just outside Delhi. He was educated at Ampleforth and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was first History Exhibitioner, then Senior History Scholar.

The honors awarded to his many books include both Britain’s most prestigious history prize, the Wolfson Prize, and India’s leading literary award, the Vodafone/Crossword award for nonfiction, besides the Scottish Book of the Year Prize, Duff Cooper Memorial Prize for History, Asia House Literary Award, the Mungo Park Medal by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, the Sykes Medal, the James Todd Memorial Prize and Media Citizen Karmaveer Puraskar by an Indian confederation of NGOs for emphasizing as an author issues of global importance and concern.

A frequent broadcaster, he wrote and presented three television series - Stones of the Raj (Channel 4), Sufi Soul (Channel 4) and Indian Journeys (BBC/PBS), the last of which won the Grierson Award for Best Documentary Series at BAFTA in 2002. His Radio 4 series on the history of British spirituality and mysticism, The Long Search, won the 2002 Sandford St Martin Prize for Religious Broadcasting and was described by the judges as ‘thrilling in its brilliance. ’

He is also one of the co-founders and co-directors of the annual Jaipur Literature Festival and was recently the Whitney J. Oates Fellow in Humanities at Princeton University.