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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099526742
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $24.99


Adventures in a Megacity

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An extraordinary portrait of one of the world’s largest cities

In an extraordinary portrayal of one of the world’s fastest growing cities, Sam Miller sets out to discover the real Delhi. Following a spiral course through the city, he visits its less celebrated destinations; ancient monuments and imperial buildings give way to the unexpected, the ignored and the eccentric. Through his encounters with Delhi’s people – from a professor of astrophysics to a crematorium attendant, from ragpickers to members of the Police Brass Band – Miller creates a richly entertaining portrait of what this megacity means to its residents. The modern Delhi he depicts, in all its humour and humanity, is one whose future concerns us all.

  • Pub date: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099526742
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

Sam Miller

Sam Miller was born and brought up in London, but has spent much of his adult life in India. He is a former BBC journalist and is the author of Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity (2009), Blue Guide: India (2012) and A Strange Kind of Paradise: India Through Foreign Eyes (2014). He is also the translator of The Marvellous (But Authentic) Adventures of Captain Corcoran (2016) by Alfred Assollant.

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Praise for Delhi

“The liveliest of city travelogues, a beguiling introduction to the Indian capital and an irresistible read for even the faintly curious”

Literary Review

“A chronicle that rivals its subject matter in energy and scope...His talent is dizzying and his narrative a rich accomplishment. I walked miles in Delhi - without moving an inch”

The Times

“A dizzying, droll travelogue...Miller's multitudinous city snapshots elucidates the paradoxes of globalisation without judgement, and his tales of urban wandering form a valuable archive of a rapidly transforming city. Miller's forays into city slums are poignant, humanising evocations of Delhi's underside”

Hirsh Sawnhey, The Guardian

“A thoroughly entertaining book - even down to the countless footnotes - about a fascinating city”

Financial Times

“A quirky and affectionate account”

Siddhartha Deb, Times Literary Supplement

“Teems with strange stories and bizarre quiddities, rich discoveries and unexpected diversions....both a quest and a love letter, and one which is as pleasingly eccentric and anarchic as its subject”

William Dalrymple, Scotsman

“An erudite, comical portrait-of-a-city...an entertaining and thoughtful book”

Evening Standard

“For all its entertaining eccentricities Delhi is careful to maintain a strong sense of the city's sad heritage of religious factionalism, pollution, rioting, poverty and crime.”

New Statesman

“A uniquely revealing travelogue, closer in spirit to WG Sebald and Ian Sinclair than the usual nostalgia-fest or trend-hunting of Britons' books about India.”


“Insatiably curious and pleasingly thorough... The Delhi in his writing is a diverse, energised dreamscape, filled with quirks and wonders, and this is among the best I've read for a cross-section of a city.”

Independent on Sunday

“A wild, spiralling wonder of a book...the sharpest reflection of the capital since William Dalrymple's City of Djinns...Read this book and laugh, grow and gaze in gob-smacked wonder at India's whirling dreamtown”

Rory Maclean, Guardian

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