William Dalrymple’s son to debut with book on Partition

New Delhi | Historian William Dalrymple’s son Sam will come out with his debut book in 2022 which will look into five partitions in Asia and also offer a new assessment of Indian independence. In a pre-emptive co-publication deal with HarperCollins India, William Collins publishing director Arabella Pike has bought world rights of the book by Sam Dalrymple from David Godwin. Five Partitions: The Making of Modern Asia promises an important corrective to the history of Asia and the root causes of the tensions the region faces today, the publishers said. Weaving original testimonies from survivors, Sam brings together into a single history the Partition of Burma, the Great Partition, the Partition of Princely India, the Partition of Arabia and the Partition of Pakistan. 

“Sam Dalrymple brings a fresh perspective to the legacy of Britain’s imperial past across Asia,” Pike said. According to Sam, growing up in Delhi and studying South Asian languages at Oxford, the spectre of Partition has been present in much of his life.

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