Patrick French

  • Ban on books: a question mark on democracy? April 1, 2011

    New Delhi: The latest biography on Mahatma Gandhi, 'Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and his struggle with India' is not even available here yet, but Gujarat and Maharashtra are banning it. The central government is deciding not to, after some consideration. The Pulitzer Prize winning author and former New York Times executive...
  • Concern over classical literature in Jaipur fest January 22, 2011

    Jaipur: A growing concern to preserve vernacular and classical literature and to popularise it through translations is gradually occupying centre-stage at the sixth DSC Jaipur Literature Festival underway here. "The new generation has limited access to classical and vernacular literature because most of us speak English. Ask me to name one...
  • Jaipur literature festival just got bigger January 21, 2011

    Orhan Pamuk, JM Coetzee, Vikram Seth, Patrick French, Junot Diaz -- the list would please the lover of the written word. These and over 215 writers from India and the world, including seven Booker Prize and five Pulitzer Prize winners will hold centrestage at the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival scheduled...
  • Patrick French defends his biography of V S Naipaul May 2, 2008

    New Delhi: Author Patrick French, now the authorized biographer of V S Naipaul was in the capital for a special reading of his book. The content of the biography The World is What it is, could well be the closest that you can know how V S Naipaul sees the world,...
  • Sir Naipaul has shown great integrity: Biographer April 2, 2008

    London: Some call him one of the most prolific writers of our generation but some simply can't stand him. Sir V S Naipaul has always elicited strong emotions. His biography, The World is What it is, by Patrick French attempts to tell us more about the man — his...
  • Naipaul admits his cruelty might have killed wife March 22, 2008

    London: Noble laureate and Booker Prize winner V S Naipaul's new biography The World Is What It Is contains his own admission that the mental cruelty he meted out to his first wife Patricia might have claimed her life. Authored by Patrick French, the book may worsen Naipaul's reputation as an...