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Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India by William Dalrymple.. Not just for the  faith-centric, the kaleidoscope that is India as revealed in these close-up portraits is elegant anthropology. Inquisitive and profound.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"The outstanding read of the year…. Entirely absorbing and beautifully lucid, it follows the paths of nine modern pilgrims into the meaning of their quests, evoking the truth of present day India in its spiritual dimension. Dalrymple is cleverly unobtrusive yet enquiring, always absorbed and yet detached. The sub-continent rises, bemusing, bedazzling, a sensory tapestry crafted brilliantly by a writer who touches its texture as only Mark Tully has managed before him.."

Scotsman Books of the Year

"Beautifully written, ridiculously erudite and, more than any of his previous work, reveals Dalrymple to be remarkably warm and open-hearted. A towering talent.."

The Sunday Times

Author bio: William was born in Scotland and brought up on the shores of the Firth of Forth. He wrote the highly acclaimed bestseller In Xanadu when he was twenty-two. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Asiatic Society, and is the founder and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival. William is married to the artist Olivia Fraser and they have three children. They now live on a farm outside Delhi. More information can be found here:

Book Details: Nonfict Other; 304 pp. Brisk and informative: Kindle/Print editions

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