India: A Portrait by Patrick French

India: A Portrait by Patrick French

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India is the biggest democracy on earth, a country of dynamic change, huge divisions and countless identities. Is there any way to discover the 'real' India? This book tells the story of how India emerged from a turbulent struggle for independence to become a vibrant democracy with one of the fastest-growing economies in the world.

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Patrick French's "India: A Portrait" tells the story of how India emerged from a turbulent struggle for independence to become a vibrant democracy with one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. India is the biggest democracy on earth, a country of dynamic change, huge divisions and countless identities. Is there any way to discover the 'real' India? In this intimate biography of 1.2 billion people, Patrick French travels all over the country talking to everyone from political leaders to mafia dons, from chained quarry workers to self-made billionaire entrepreneurs, to tell the story of post-independence India as never before. "Patrick French brings one of the globe's most dynamic nations springing to life ...he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the country, sensitivity to its subtler nuances and a wealth of research". ("Sunday Times"). "It's gripping...If you're Indian, reading the book is like learning the history of your country in four days". ("New Indian Express"). "Fizzing with wit, insight and infectious curiosity ...a thoroughly enjoyable romp through six momentous decades". ("Wall Street Journal Asia"). "Wide-ranging, clear-sighted, warm-hearted and immensely readable...The human tales that French finds are engrossing". ("Evening Standard"). "A rich colouring of contemporary characters and events, many of them sharply observed at first hand. Crammed with elegant portraits". ("Economist"). Patrick French is the author of "Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer", which won the Somerset Maugham Award and the Royal Society of Literature W. H. Heinemann Prize, "Liberty or Death: India's Journey to Independence and Division", which won the "Sunday Times" Young Writer of the Year Award, "Tibet, Tibet: A Personal History of a Lost Land", "The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul", which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Hawthornden Prize, and "India: A Portrait".

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SKU GOR004133753
Title India: A Portrait
Author By (author) Patrick French
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
Year Published 2012
Number of Pages 448
ISBN 10 0141041579
ISBN 13 9780141041575
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
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Patrick French's "India: A Portrait" tells the story of how India emerged from a turbulent struggle for independence to become a vibrant democracy with one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. India is the biggest democracy on earth, a country of dynamic change, huge divisions and countless identities. Is there any way to discover the 'real' India? In this intimate biography of 1.2 billion people, Patrick French travels all over the country talking to everyone from political leaders to mafia dons, from chained quarry workers to self-made billionaire entrepreneurs, to tell the story of post-independence India as never before. "Patrick French brings one of the globe's most dynamic nations springing to life ...he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the country, sensitivity to its subtler nuances and a wealth of research". ("Sunday Times"). "It's gripping...If you're Indian, reading the book is like learning the history of your country in four days". ("New Indian Express"). "Fizzing with wit, insight and infectious curiosity ...a thoroughly enjoyable romp through six momentous decades". ("Wall Street Journal Asia"). "Wide-ranging, clear-sighted, warm-hearted and immensely readable...The human tales that French finds are engrossing". ("Evening Standard"). "A rich colouring of contemporary characters and events, many of them sharply observed at first hand. Crammed with elegant portraits". ("Economist"). Patrick French is the author of "Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer", which won the Somerset Maugham Award and the Royal Society of Literature W. H. Heinemann Prize, "Liberty or Death: India's Journey to Independence and Division", which won the "Sunday Times" Young Writer of the Year Award, "Tibet, Tibet: A Personal History of a Lost Land", "The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul", which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Hawthornden Prize, and "India: A Portrait".
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR004133753
Title India: A Portrait
Author By (author) Patrick French
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
Year Published 2012
Number of Pages 448
ISBN 10 0141041579
ISBN 13 9780141041575
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.

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