Friday, December 9, 2011

Patrick French, British writer and historian

Chaired by LI's Programme Coordinator of Economic Studies, Hemal Shah

India: A Portrait is an attempt to answer why India’s recent economic rise has caused puzzlement. How can a country produce so many billionaires, such chronic poverty and a new, dynamic middle class? Does the secret lie in cultural forces that are unique to India? In his travels across India, he speaks to people from all walks of life to answer the question: Why is India like it is today? The lively lunch debate included representatives from the BBC, RUSI, King’s India Institute, and the Indian and Pakistani High Commissions. The event was 

About the author

Patrick French is a British writer and historian, based in London. He was educated at the University of Edinburgh where he studied English and American literature. French is the author of several books including Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer,Liberty or Death – India’s Journey to Independence and Division, and The World Is What It Is, an authorized biography of Nobel Laureate V. S. Naipaul, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in the US, along with being listed by the New York Times in the "10 Best Books of 2008" and winning the Hawthornden Prize in 2009.