A Buddhist monk takes up arms to resist the Chinese invasion of Tibet - then spends the rest of his life trying to atone for the violence by hand printing the best prayer flags in India. A Jain nun tests her powers of detachment as she watches her best friend ritually starve herself to death. Nine people, nine lives; each one taking a different religious path, each one an unforgettable story. William Dalrymple delves deep into the heart of a nation torn between the relentless onslaught of modernity and the ancient traditions that endure to this day. This title is longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm
'His most ambitious yet, taking the reader into lurid, scarcely imaginable worlds of mysticism ... Dalrymple has an inimitable way of conjuring the Indian landscape' Financial Times 'This is travel writing at its best. I hope it sparks a revival' Observer 'Beautifully written, ridiculously erudite, warm and open-hearted ... A towering talent' The Times 'A blend of travelogue, ethnography, oral history and reportage, Nine Lives is compelling and poignant' Guardian