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Description As Dalrymple's first book In Xanadu" traversed thousands of miles now he traverses thousands of years. In the course of 12 months in Delhi he peels back the successive encrusting layers of history usi... more

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Description One of the most successful, influential and acclaimed travel books of recent years. At the age of twenty-two, William Dalrymple left his college in Cambridge to travel to the ruins of Kublai Khan's st... more

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Review of From the Holy Mountain - William Dalrymple


An entertaining, engaging and thought-provoking travelogue.

None to speak of.

...INTRODUCTION I came across the work of travel writer William Dalrymple quite by accident. I had arrived early for a meeting in London, and, spotting a branch of Waterstone?s quite close to my destination, I wandered in for a spot of window-shopping. The artwork on the front cover of From the Holy Mountain (FTHM) was what initially attracted me, but on picking it up, the subject...

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Review of White Mughals - William Dalrymple


“Stranger than Fiction”

published 29/03/2006

Beautifully written, compelling story


...to England to be educated, and sometimes the Indian wife returned to England with her husband. The success or otherwise of this arrangement varied considerably, depending on the personalities involved. Dalrymple describes many of these marriages, some happy, some not. Secondly, the family of Khair un-Nissa is intricately tied up with the politics of the court in Hyderabad. James' position is...

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Review of The Pleasure of Thinking A Journey Through the Sideways Leaps of Ideas - Theodore Dalrymple


Frequently fascinating

Not quite what I'd expected from the title

...Having recently read Charles Fernyhough's "Pieces of Light: the New Science of Memory", I expected something similar, judging only from the title of Theodore Dalrymple's ''The Pleasure of Thinking: a Journey Through the Sideways Leaps of Ideas''. Instead of being a book about how people think laterally, as I thought it might be, it turned out to be something rather different, but ultimately...

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