Mon, 4 Nov 2019     6 for 6.30 PM     Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University


“The seductive artistry of Dalrymple’s narrative gift draws the reader into events that are almost unbearable, but his account is so perceptive and so warmly humane that one is never tempted to break away” – Diana Athill, Guardian

“An outstandingly gifted historian” – Max Hastings, Sunday Times

We still talk about Britain conquering India. But that phrase disguises a much more sinister reality. It was not the British Government that seized India at the end of the 18th Century, but a dangerously unregulated private company, headquartered in one small office, five windows wide, and managed in India by an unstable sociopath, Clive. The transition to colonialism, the principle framing context for all the major historical questions about African and Asian societies over the last 200 years, took place through the mechanism of a for profit operation which existed entirely for the purpose of enriching investors.

William Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before, unfolding a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power and one of the most supreme acts of corporate violence in world history.

Please join us after the main event in the Conservatorium Foyer where William will be signing copies of his new book, The Anarchy – The Relentless Rise of the East India Company

With special thanks to Bloomsbury Australia and Avid Reader


ONE NIGHT ONLY | Monday 4 November 2019, 6 for 6.30pm – 7.40pm


Tickets: $35 / * $25 Concession.

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William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple

United Kingdom | Historian and author

William Dalrymple is one of Britain’s greatest historians and the author of the classic In Xanadu, the Wolfson Prize-winning White Mughals and the Hemingway Prize-winning Return of a King. A master of microhistories, William Dalrymple has turned his hand for the first time to macro-history in The Anarchy. A frequent broadcaster, he has written and presented three television series, one of which won the Grierson Award for Best Documentary Series at BAFTA in 2002.

In 2018, he was presented with the prestigious President’s Medal by The British Academy for his outstanding literary achievement and for founding the Jaipur Literature Festival. William lives with his wife, three children and his beloved flock of goats on a farm outside Delhi in India. William Dalrymple was Historical Advisor to a major new ITV period drama about the East India Company called Beecham House, which will air in the UK this year.