Charles Allen

Charles Allen

Charles Allen describes himself as a ‘writer of history’ rather than a historiographer. He made his mark as an oral historian combining radio series and publications for BBC Radio, beginning with Plain Tales from the Raj but in later years focused on three aspects of Indian history: its Buddhist civilisations, Orientalism and Indian archaeology. His most recent major publications include Ashoka: The Search for India’s Lost Emperor, The Prisoner of Kathmandu: Brian Houghton Hodgson in Nepal and Coromandel: A Personal History of South India.



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A two-day taster of ‘the greatest literary show on Earth’
09 & 10 June
A packed programme of talks and performances animate four venues at the Library, celebrating South Asia’s literary heritage, oral and performing arts, books and ideas. Speakers confirmed so far include William Dalrymple, Meghnad Desai, Paulo Lemos Horta, Suki Kim, Ashis Ray, Suhel Seth, Preti Taneja and Shashi Tharoor.
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