Patrick French

Patrick French is a British writer and historian, known for his books on South Asia, Tibet, and the history of the British Empire. He has won several awards for his writing, including the Hawthornden Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award. His notable works include 'Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer', 'Tibet, Tibet: A Personal History of a Lost Land', and 'India: A Portrait'. French is praised for his thorough research and engaging narrative style.


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  1. 1. The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography Of V. S. Naipaul

    "The World Is What It Is" is a comprehensive biography of the Nobel Prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul. Written by Patrick French, the authorized biography delves into Naipaul's complex personal life, including his troubled relationships with family members and his multiple affairs. The book also explores Naipaul's writing career, from his early days as a struggling writer to his later success as a literary icon. French provides a nuanced portrait of Naipaul, highlighting both his brilliance as a writer and his flaws as a human being.

    The 7823rd Greatest Book of All Time