Kabul? It’s rather like a French finishing school.

We caught up with William Dalrymple for a quick chat about his Samuel Johnson prize shortlisted book, Return of a King

William Dalrymple‘s new history of the First Afghan War takes the time to examine sources which were previously off the beaten track. Here, he tells us about researching in Kabul, why President Karzai feels close to Shah Shujah (the king of the book’s title), and who will be joining him for the Jaipur Literary Festival next year…

Read more about William Dalrymple‘s nomination for this year’s Samuel Johnson prize


You can Reserve & Collect Return of a King from your local Waterstones bookshop (http://bit.ly/177oKGM), buy it online at Waterstones.com (http://bit.ly/177oFmf) or download it in ePub format (http://bit.ly/177oQxT)


For more information about the Cheltenham Literature Festival, and to buy tickets, click here (http://bit.ly/GD2KgS)

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