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William Dalrymple

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  • Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42 | William Dalrymple

    Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By William Dalrymple
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
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    From William Dalrymple - award-winning historian, journalist and travel writer - a masterly retelling of what was perhaps the West’s greatest imperial disaster in the East, and an important parable of neocolonial ambition, folly and hubris that has striking relevance to our own time.

    Robin A. Gower says: "Astonishingly intelligent historical analysis"
  • In Xanadu | William Dalrymple

    In Xanadu

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William Dalrymple
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
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    Here is William Dalrymple's highly praised and greatly entertaining account of his 1986 trip made while a student at Cambridge, which retraced Marco Polo's route across land from Jerusalem to Xanadu. With him, he took a phial of Holy Oil, 600 pounds and Laura until Lahore, and Louisa from there to Xanadu.

    Sandra says: "I found it was read v fast and I could not adjust"
  • Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India | William Dalrymple

    Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By William Dalrymple
    • Narrated By Daniel Philpott
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    A Buddhist monk takes up arms to resist the Chinese invasion of Tibet - then spends the rest of his life trying to atone for the violence by hand printing the best prayer flags in India. A Jain nun tests her powers of detachment as she watches her best friend ritually starve herself to death. Nine people, nine lives; each one taking a different religious path, each one an unforgettable story. William Dalrymple delves deep into the heart of a nation torn between the relentless onslaught of modernity and the ancient traditions that endure to this day.

    Trent says: "Interesting stories, distracting naration"
  • The New Yorker (July 23, 2007) | Atul Gawande,James Surowiecki,Mark Singer,Simon Rich,William Dalrymple,David Denby,Nancy Franklin

    The New Yorker (July 23, 2007)

    • Abridged/Unabridged (2 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Atul Gawande, James Surowiecki, Mark Singer, and others
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
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    "Sick and Twisted" by Atul Gawande; "Fuel For Thought" by James Surowiecki; "Ghostly" by Mark Singer; "Hey, Look" by Simon Rich; "Days of Rage" by William Dalrymple; "A Fine Romance" by David Denby; "Dangerous Liaisons" by Nancy Franklin; "Dream On" by David Denby

  • The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857 | William Dalrymple

    The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Dalrymple
    • Narrated By Robert Bathurst
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    At 4 PM on a dark, wet, winter's evening in November 1862, a cheap coffin was buried in eerie silence - no lamentations, no panegyrics, for as the British commissioner in charge of the funeral insisted, "No vesting will remain to distinguish where the last of the Great Moghuls rests". This Mughal was Bahadur Shah Zafar II, one of the most talented, tolerant, and likeable of his remarkable dynasty, who found himself leader of a violent uprising he knew from the start would lead to irreparable carnage.

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