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City Of Djinns

City Of Djinns

A Year In Delhi

William Dalrymple
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Winner of the 1994 Thomas Cook Travel book Award and Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year -Dalrymple is probably the best travel writer of his generation'”Daily Mail -As the author of the best travel book of recent years at the intensely irritating age of twenty-two, William Dalrymple has now shown that In Xanadu was no fluke. City of Djinns is an entertaining mix of history and diary informed by a deep curiousity about the ways in which the ghosts of even the most distant past still walk in the twentieth century.'”Christopher Lockwood, Daily Telegraph -Dalrymple has pulled it off again – At a time when the book of travels is beginning to lose its fashionable allure, City of Djinns is not really a travel book at all. It is a kind of memoir recording the response of a single, gentle, merry and learned mind to the presence of an ancient city … Dalrymple is anything but avoyeur. Even his excursions into the world o the eunuchs are conducted with a kind of grave innocence. He is more a pilgrim than an observer, always trying to understand – It is the work of a man who has consciously chosen to commit himself to the profession of letters, and in it we see the first fine rapture of In Xanadu deepening to a profounder dedication – hours and hours of pleasure for his readers.'”Jan Morris, Independent -One one level there are the amusing rites of passage, the struggles with bureaucracy, the eccentricity of Dalrymple’s landlord, all entertainingly related. Dalrymple has a way of letting you smell and feel the city. There are beautifully chiselled descriptions of a grand capital – but much of the book’s strength lies in Dalrymple’s skill in peeling the historical onion and showing how (the) New Delhi resonates with the old – A splendid tapestry.'”Trevor Fishlock, Sunday Telegraph -A sympathetic and engaging portrait of this age-old city'”Nicholas Wordsworth, Financial Times -Scholalry and marvellously entertaining – A considerable feat.'”Dervia Murphy, Spectator -Unlike much of modern travel writing [City of Djinns] is informative, learned and funny – a lively and sometimes profound book.'”Emma duncan, Economist -An expansive and inclusive work, richly peopled – an enlightening and entertaining book.'”Iain Wetherby, Literary Review.

Imprint: India Penguin

Published: Jan/2004

ISBN: 9780143031062

Length : 354 Pages

MRP : ₹450.00

City Of Djinns

A Year In Delhi

William Dalrymple

Winner of the 1994 Thomas Cook Travel book Award and Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year -Dalrymple is probably the best travel writer of his generation'”Daily Mail -As the author of the best travel book of recent years at the intensely irritating age of twenty-two, William Dalrymple has now shown that In Xanadu was no fluke. City of Djinns is an entertaining mix of history and diary informed by a deep curiousity about the ways in which the ghosts of even the most distant past still walk in the twentieth century.'”Christopher Lockwood, Daily Telegraph -Dalrymple has pulled it off again – At a time when the book of travels is beginning to lose its fashionable allure, City of Djinns is not really a travel book at all. It is a kind of memoir recording the response of a single, gentle, merry and learned mind to the presence of an ancient city … Dalrymple is anything but avoyeur. Even his excursions into the world o the eunuchs are conducted with a kind of grave innocence. He is more a pilgrim than an observer, always trying to understand – It is the work of a man who has consciously chosen to commit himself to the profession of letters, and in it we see the first fine rapture of In Xanadu deepening to a profounder dedication – hours and hours of pleasure for his readers.'”Jan Morris, Independent -One one level there are the amusing rites of passage, the struggles with bureaucracy, the eccentricity of Dalrymple’s landlord, all entertainingly related. Dalrymple has a way of letting you smell and feel the city. There are beautifully chiselled descriptions of a grand capital – but much of the book’s strength lies in Dalrymple’s skill in peeling the historical onion and showing how (the) New Delhi resonates with the old – A splendid tapestry.'”Trevor Fishlock, Sunday Telegraph -A sympathetic and engaging portrait of this age-old city'”Nicholas Wordsworth, Financial Times -Scholalry and marvellously entertaining – A considerable feat.'”Dervia Murphy, Spectator -Unlike much of modern travel writing [City of Djinns] is informative, learned and funny – a lively and sometimes profound book.'”Emma duncan, Economist -An expansive and inclusive work, richly peopled – an enlightening and entertaining book.'”Iain Wetherby, Literary Review.

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William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple was born in Scotland. His first book, In Xanadu, written when he was twenty-two, was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize. In 1989 he moved to Delhi where he lived for six years researching his second book, City of Djinns, which won the 1994 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award and the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award. He then went on to write From the Holy Mountain (1997) and The Age of Kali (1998). William Dalrymple is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Asiatic Society. He wrote and presented the television series Stories of the Raj and Indian Journeys, which won the Grierson Award for Best Documentary Series at BAFTA in 2002. He is married to artist Olivia Fraser, and they have three children. They now divide their time between London and Delhi. White Mughals won the Wolfson Prize for History 2003 and the Scottish Book of the Year Prize, and was shortlisted for the PEN History Award.

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