Book Event


William Dalrymple: The Company Quartet

The Decline and Fall of the Mughal Empire and the Rise of the East India Company

Saturday 24th September, 12.30-1.30pm

Bailie Gifford Big Tent


Multi award-winning author and historian William Dalrymple makes a welcome return to the Festival to share the remarkable story of the rise and fall of the East India Company.

A story of powerful empires, covert political machinations and bloody resistance, his latest book The Company Quartet offers a glimpse behind the curtain at the rise and fall of the world’s first global corporate power, spanning two hundred years of the history of the Indian sub-continent and the British Empire. Join Dalrymple as he talks about this epic and cautionary ta continued relevance to the subcontinent and Britain of today.

‘Rampaging, brilliant, passionate history’ Wall Street Journal

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