William Dalrymple is an award winning historian and travel writer.
Fri, 13 May 2011 04:26:59
William Dalrymple, FRSL FRAS (born 20 March 1965 in Scotland) is an award winning historian and travel writer, as well as a distinguished broadcaster, critic, art historian, foreign correspondent and a founder and co-director of Asia's largest literary festival.
Dalrymple was born William Hamilton-Dalrymple, the son of Sir Hew Hamilton-Dalrymple, 10th baronet, a cousin of Virginia Woolf. He was educated at Ampleforth College and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was first a history exhibitioner and then senior history scholar.
Dalrymple, who has lived in New Delhi on and off since 1989 is married to the artist Olivia Fraser and has three children, Ibby, Sam, and Adam, and a cockatoo called Albinia. The South Asia correspondent of the New Statesman since 2004, he is a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and the Royal Society of Literature.