William Dalrymple is the author of five acclaimed works of history and travel, including "City of Djinns," which won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award; the best-selling "From the Holy Mountain; "and "White Mughals, "which won Britain's most prestigious history prize, the Wolfson."" He divides his time between New Delhi and London, and is a contributor to "The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker" and "The Guardian."
"The book makes clear the dangers of colonial powers' inattentiveness to the dissatisfactions of those they rule, and the human costs of answering one atrocity with another."
-"The New Yorker"
"A compulsively readable masterpiece . . . In his wonderful new book, "The Last Mughal," William Dalrymple has not just revised forever the old British story; he has matched it with an equally full account from the Indian side. His book, without any sign of strain or artificial connections, deals with a historical tragedy on several very different levels . . . It is a detailed and intensely human history of a desperate and brutal campaign. And it is, in the best sense of the word, a thriller in which all the characters inexorably interact to produce a dreadful denouement. Dalrymple's passion for his subject and his skill and elegance as a writer create an intimate picture of the lives of the people who participated in the events of 1857 . . . Every chapter of "The Last Mughal" has historical echoes that are still desperately relevant today."
-Brian Urquhart, "New York Review of Books"
"Dalrymple has written a riveting and poignant account of the events of 1857 in Delhi . . . Historians have largely ignored Delhi's experience of the cataclysm [but] Dalrymple sets out to correct this neglect. Writing with obvious affection for Delhi and appreciation for Mughal culture, he shows that the experience of the rebellion in the city was quite distinct . . . Deeply researched and beautifully written."
-Gyan Prakash, "The Nation"
"[A] rich narrative . . . From fruit sellers to courtesans, the story of the last days of the Mughal empire comes alive . . . Thanks to Dalrymple, we can now get a peek into the last moments of a beguiling era."
-Vikram Johri, "St. Petersburg Times"
"While Zafar is the title character of "The Last Mughal, "his life is just the thread along which Dalrymple continues to explore a theme that has fascinated him for two decades