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  • The World Is What It Isby Patrick French

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 17.00

    The first major biography of V.S. Naipaul, the controversial and enigmatic Nobel laureate: a stunning writer whose only stated ambition was greatness, in pursuit of which goal nothing else was sacred. Beginning in rich detail in Trinidad, where Naipaul was born into an Indian family, Patrick French skillfully examines Naipaul?s life within a displaced... more...

  • Tibet, Tibetby Patrick French

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 17.95

    At different times in its history Tibet has been renowned for pacifism and martial prowess, enlightenment and cruelty. The Dalai Lama may be the only religious leader who can inspire the devotion of agnostics. Patrick French has been fascinated by Tibet since he was a teenager. He has read its history, agitated for its freedom, and risked arrest to... more...

  • Indiaby Patrick French

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 16.95

    A monumental biography of the subcontinent from the award-winning author of The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V. S. Naipaul . Second only to China in the magnitude of its economic miracle and second to none in its potential to shape the new century, India is fast undergoing one of the most momentous transformations the world has... more...

  • Indiaby Patrick French

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; Not Available

    One of this century's greatest surprises has been the economic and social revolution in India. A country long characterized by such adjectives as 'timeless', 'spiritual' and 'backward' is now viewed through a new set of clichés: 'hi-tech', 'materialistic', 'go-getting'. But what is the real nature of this rapid change, and what are its roots? ... more...

  • Tibet, Tibetby Patrick French

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; Not Available

    Tibet has long fascinated the West, but what really lies beyond our romantic image of a mystical mountain kingdom of peace and spirituality? Patrick French set out to discover the truth, and his extraordinary account has been widely acclaimed. Travelling through the country, French meets exiled monks, nomads and a nun secretly fighting Chinese... more...

  • Liberty or Deathby Patrick French

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; Not Available

    At midnight on 14 August 1947, Britain's 350-year-old Indian Empire was broken into three pieces. The greatest mass migration in history began, as Muslims fled north and Hindus fled south, and Britain's role as an imperial power came to an end. Patrick French's vivid and surprising account of the chaotic final years of colonial rule in India... more...

  • Younghusbandby Patrick French

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; Not Available

    Soldier, explorer, mystic, guru and spy, Francis Younghusband began his colonial career as a military adventurer and became a radical visionary who preached free love to his followers. Patrick French's award-winning biography traces the unpredictable life of the maverick with the 'damned rum name', who singlehandedly led the 1904 British invasion... more...

  • The World Is What It Isby Patrick French

    Pan Macmillan 2012; US$ 12.80

    Shortlisted for the 2008 BBC4 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction more...

  • The World is What It isby Patrick French

    Pan Macmillan UK 2008; US$ 19.08

    Researched with the full co-operation of its Nobel Prize-winning subject, this is the first major biography of one of our greatest writersPatrick French has been granted unique access to V S Naipaul's private papers and his personal recollections. With great feeling for Naipaul's formidable body of work, he has produced a luminous account of the most... more...

  • Make Believeby Diana Athill; Patrick French

    Granta Publications 2012; US$ 11.99

    In Make Believe, Diana Athill, acclaimed author of Instead of a Letter and Stet, remembers her turbulent friendship with Hakim Jamal, a young black convert to the teachings of Malcolm X, whom she met in London in the late 1960s. Despite a desperately troubled youth, he became an eloquent spokesman for the black underclass, was Jean Seberg's lover... more...