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A Strange Kind of Paradise


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From Thomas the Apostle to Slumdog Millionaire- how we imagine India, from the author of Delhi- Adventures in a Megacity.

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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.


Sam Miller has written a wonderfully witty, wise, idiosyncratic and properly hybrid book that achieves the near-impossible. It is at once a touching personal memoir, a droll and discursive travelogue and an erudite work of literary criticism which somehow manages to be, at the same time, a hugely entertaining history of the world's often confused dialogue with South Asia over three thousand years. It is also, almost as an after-thought, a most moving love letter to India. -- William Dalrymple, author of City of Djinns
[Miller] is a congenial guide. He has a fantastically sharp eye... Amid a torrent of sparkling details, what stands out is Miller's heartfelt love for the country. -- Alex Von Tunzelmann * Evening Standard *
Delightfully eccentric... A very readable account... Miller is the master of the must-read footnote, while matching the travel writer Eric Newby in his acute descriptions of contemporary life in India. -- Victor Mallet * Financial Times *
Laconic and engaging... [An] attractive book. -- David Gilmour * Literary Review *
Fascinating. -- Tarquin Hall * Sunday Times *

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