William Dalrymple

Algeria reminds us that the current of colonisation doesn’t always run just one way

7 September 2019 9:00 am

As you glide in to land at the airport outside Algiers, the landscape resembles that of Tuscany: a coastal plain…

A drawing of the massacre by Eduard Thöny for the satirical German magazine Simplicissimus, January 1920

Bloodbath at Baisakhi: the centenary of the Amritsar massacre

6 April 2019 9:00 am

On 10 April 1919, the peppery governor of the Punjab, Sir Michael O’Dwyer, ordered the immediate arrest of two leaders…

A Sikh member of the Indian Army Services Corps at Dunkirk, 1940

Britain didn’t fight the second world war — the British empire did

25 July 2015 9:00 am

In 1929, when Edwin Lutyens handed over the newly completed building site of New Delhi to the Viceroy, Lord Irwin,…

Lieutenant William Alexander Kerr earns the Victoria Cross in the Great Uprising of 1857

British India — the scene of repeated war crimes throughout the 19th century

14 March 2015 9:00 am

‘Sometimes, strolling through the ruins of earlier civilisations, we idly wonder what it must have been like to live through…

William Dalrymple's notebook: How I lured Jhumpa Lahiri and Jonathan Franzen to Jaipur

1 February 2014 9:00 am

In 2004, ten days after I moved my family to a new life in India, I gave a reading at…