History lessons of Afghanistan... with William Dalrymple
In his new book, Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan, Dalrymple delivers a clear-eyed analysis of Britain’s disastrous 19th-century campaigns in Afghanistan, when British forces attempted to return Shah Shuja, their preferred ruler, to power with disastrous consequences. Drawing sober parallels between that first Afghan campaign and the current one, Dalrymple relates a ripping yarn of spies, politicians, heroes and assassins, which is both a rollicking read and a meticulously researched historical account.
William Dalrymple is joining a tour to India, run in partnership between Cox & Kings and Telegraph Travel. With a number of acclaimed books on India under his belt, and having lived just outside of Delhi for numerous years, there’s no better way to discover a different side of India. View the Telegraph tour to India >