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Hatchards Bloomsbury Book Club with William Dalrymple

Bloomsbury Institute

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (BST)

Hatchards Bloomsbury Book Club with William Dalrymple

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Book Club with William Dalrymple (including book) Ended £30.00 £0.00
Book Club with William Dalrymple (excluding the book) Ended £10.00 £0.00

Event Details

William Dalrymple’s Return of a King is a dazzling account of the First Afghan War. The bestselling historian will be in conversation with his editor Michael Fishwick.

When the British invaded Afghanistan in 1839 they faced little resistance. But after two years of occupation, the Afghan people rose in answer to the call for jihad and the country exploded into violent rebellion. The First Anglo-Afghan War ended in Britain’s greatest military humiliation of the nineteenth century: an entire army of the then most powerful nation in the world ambushed in retreat and utterly routed by poorly equipped tribesmen.

Return of a King is told through the lives of unforgettable characters on all sides and using for the first time contemporary Afghan accounts of the conflict. Dalrymple’s masterful retelling of Britain’s greatest imperial disaster is a powerful and important parable of colonial ambition and cultural collision, folly and hubris, for our times.

‘A master storyteller’ Independent

William Dalrymple is the bestselling author of In Xanadu, City of Djinns, From the Holy Mountain, The Age of Kali, White Mughals, The Last Mughal and, most recently, Nine Lives. He has won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award, the French Prix d’Astrolabe, the Wolfson Prize for History, the Scottish Book of the Year Award, the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, the Asia House Award for Asian Literature, the Vodafone Crossword Award and has three times been longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. In 2012 he was appointed Whitney J. Oates Visiting Fellow in Humanities at Princeton University. He lives with his wife and three children on a farm outside Delhi.

Ticket Details

Tickets are £30 and include a copy of Return of a King which we will post to you to read in advance of the event. The spring season of the Hatchards Bloomsbury Book Club is with Al Alvarez, A.C. Grayling, Patrick McGrath and William Dalrymple. Season membership costs £100. To join please email


Date: Wednesday 26th June
Time: Drinks at 6pm and talk at 6.30pm
Place: Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP
Tickets: £30 including a hardback book 


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Bloomsbury Institute
50 Bedford Square
WC1B London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (BST)

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The Bloomsbury Institute hosts unmissable talks, events and salons for book lovers, academics and aspiring writers at Bloomsbury's stunning central London premises. Featuring the most exciting voices and worldwide bestselling authors published by Bloomsbury in conversation with today’s top commentators and opinion-shapers, we create an unforgettable night out for bookish types in the heart of literary London. Past guests have included Margaret Atwood, William Boyd, Elizabeth Gilbert, Meg Rosoff, Oliver Ford Davies, Willy Russell, Carlos Acosta, Peter Frankopan, Khaled Hosseini and more! See our upcoming events and join our guest list for event invites and special offers.    


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