William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple is a Scottish-born bestselling author and historian. While at college at the University of Cambridge, he travelled – on foot – the route of Marco Polo from Jerusalem to Mongolia and wrote his first book, In Xanadu, about the journey. This first book became a bestseller and he won the 1990 Yorkshire Post Best First Work Award and a Scottish Arts Council Spring Book Award. He wrote several books about his travels, particularly in India. His historical works have also earned him several awards. Among them are the Wolfson Prize, the Scottish Book of the Year Prize and three honorary doctorates of letters from the Universities of St Andrews, Lucknow and Aberdeen. His most recent work is The Return of the King: The First Battle for Afghanistan 1839-42, about the first Anglo-Afghan War.