James McConnachie is a journalist, travel writer, and broadcaster. A graduate of the University of Oxford, he has lived and traveled widely in Nepal and India. His articles and book reviews have appeared in "The Daily Telegraph, The Observer, "and "The Independent, "among other publications. He lives in Winchester, UK.
"A delightfully racy and adventurous life story of a book, combining thorough scholarship with fascinating Orientalist gossip. "The Book of Love "illuminates both the luxurious third-century world that gave rise to the "Kamasutra "and the nineteenth-century colonial explorations that brought it to Europe, as well as our own often hilarious response to it."--Wendy Doniger, Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago, and translator of the first definitive English edition of the "Kamasutra ""An altogether first-rate work of intellectual history for ordinary readers... Brings the story up-to-date without stinting on the entertaining pen portraits and anecdotes."--Michael Dirda, "The Washington Post""Elegant and stylish... Paints an enticing picture of the society in which the "Kamasutra "was written."--William Dalrymple, "The New York Review of Books""The truth is far more intriguing than the cliches.... A scholarly, stylish, and entertaining study."--"The Sunday Times "(London)