William is the British historian of India and is the author of a series of award-winning studies. At our festival he will be speaking about his recent best-selling book The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company which tells the remarkable story of the Company as it has never been told before, unfolding a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power.
THE TOP 5 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
ONE OF BARACK OBAMA’S BEST BOOKS OF 2019
THE TIMES HISTORY BOOK OF THE YEAR
FINALIST FOR THE CUNDILL HISTORY PRIZE 2020
LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION 2019
A FINANCIAL TIMES, OBSERVER, DAILY TELEGRAPH, WALL STREET JOURNAL AND TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR
‘Dalrymple is a superb historian with a visceral understanding of India … A book of beauty‘ – Gerard DeGroot, The Times