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  • Published: 14 May 2015
  • ISBN: 9781448141463
  • Imprint: BBC Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336
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The Story of India




A mesmerizing portrait of the Indian subcontinent by one of Britain's finest historians

In The Story of India, Michael Wood weaves a spellbinding narrative out of the 10,000-year history of the subcontinent. Home today to more than a fifth of the world's population, India gave birth to the oldest and most influential civilization on Earth, to four world religions, and to the world's largest democracy.

Now, as India bids to become a global economic giant, Michael sets out on an epic journey across this vibrant country to trace the roots of India's present in the incredible riches of her past. The Story of India is a magical mixture of history and travelogue, and an unforgettable portrait of India - past, present and future.

  • Pub date: 14 May 2015
  • ISBN: 9781448141463
  • Imprint: BBC Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336
Categories:

About the Author

Michael Wood

Michael Wood is the author of Stendhal, America in the Movies, Garcia Marquez: One Hundred Years of Solitude and The Magician's Doubts: Nabokov and the Risks of Fiction (also available in Pimlico). He writes film and literary criticism for the London Review of Books, the New York Times Book Review and other publications. He studied Modern Languages at St John's College, Cambridge, where he was later a Fellow. He taught for along time at Columbia University in New York and then at the University of Exeter. He is currently Professor of English at Princeton University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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Praise for The Story of India

“An entertaining history of one of the world's most fascinating places”

Daily Telegraph on the hardback edition

“A marvellously vivid portrait of India's 10,000-year-old cultural and religious history...Gorgeously illustrated and intelligently written, this is both an erudite and entertaining history”

Sunday Telegraph on the hardback edition

“This is a beautifully illustrated cultural history, a traveller's tale and a compelling and readable guide to the rise and rise of a civilization”

The Good Book Guide on the hardback edition

“Michael Wood is the maker of some of the best television documentaries ever made on history and archaeology.”

Times Literary Supplement


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