When the British entered Afghanistan in the 19th century, at the peak of their power, they faced very little conflict. It was after two years of their presence in the land that their power was ambushed in parting, and absolutely uprooted by the most ill-equipped tribesmen of Afghanistan. Return of a King brings to you the vivid pictures of the First Afghan War, based on author’s thorough research, using the contemporary Afghan accounts of the war for the first time. The book brilliantly narrates the story of power, cultural conflict, idiocy and hubris in the backdrop of the Afghan war.
About William Dalrymple William Dalrymple is a famous Scottish historian and writer. He was born on the 20th of March 1965, in Scotland. He studied at the Ampleforth College and Trinity College, Cambridge. His writing chiefly emphasizes on diverse facets of the Eastern world, including culture, religion, and tradition. India is a repeated theme in several of William’s books. His works have been translated into more than 40 languages across the world. Dalrymple is one of the co-founders of the renowned Jaipur Literature Festival. He has been the recipient of various honours and awards, including the Mungo Park Medal from the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, the Sykes Medal from The Royal Society for Asian Affairs, and the Media Citizen Puraskar from the Indian Confederation of NGOs. Some of his other notable works are White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India, In Xanadu: A Quest, Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India, The Age of Kali: Indian Travels and Encounters, and City Of Djinns: A Year in Delhi.
William Dalrymple FRSL FRGS FRSE (born William Hamilton-Dalrymple on 20 March 1965) is a Scottish historian and writer, art historian and curator, as well as an award-winning broadcaster and critic. His books have won numerous awards and prizes, including the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award, the Hemingway, the Kapuściński and the Wolfson Prizes. He has been four times longlisted and once shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction. He is also one of the co-founders and co-directors of the annual Jaipur Literature Festival. The television series Stones of the Raj and Indian Journeys, which Dalrymple wrote and presented, won him the Grierson Award for Best Documentary Series at BAFTA in 2002. In 2012 Dalrymple was appointed a Whitney J. Oates Visiting Fellow in the Humanities by Princeton University. In the Spring of 2015 he was appointed the OP Jindal Distinguished Lecturer at Brown University. In 2018 he was awarded the President's Medal of the British Academy.