William Dalrymple's first book, `In Xanadu', won the Yorkshire Post Best First Work Award. His second, `City of Djinns', won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award and the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award. His third, `From the Holy Mountain', was awarded the Scottish Arts Council Autumn Book Award and shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. He has also published a collection of his pieces about India, `The Age of Kali', and three history books: `White Mughals', which won the Wolfson Prize, `The Last Mughal', which won the Duff Cooper Prize, and `Nine Lives', which won the Asia House Literary Award.
From the Holy Mountain: A Journey among the Christians of the Middle East (Owl: Holt. 1999. ISBN 978-0-8050-6177-2. pap. $18) tells of author William Dalrymple's trek in the footsteps of two sixth-century Byzantine monks: John Moschos and his pupil Sophronius the Sophist. In recounting his travels through Greece, Egypt, Turkey, and other former territories of the Byzantine empire, Dalrymple mixes history and adventure writing. His exotic adventures continue in In Xanadu: A Quest (Lonely Planet. 2000. ISBN 978-1-86450-173-5. pap. $14.95), as Dalrymple retraces Marco Polo's journey from Jerusalem to China's ancient city of Xanadu. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
'Compulsively readable' John Julius Norwich, Observer; 'Everything a really good travel book should be: witty, learned and also very funny' Eric Newby