29 September, 2020

A Word For Mr Naipaul

Patrick French will do Sir V's biography! And no, it won't be like a tract by the general secy of the Overseas Friends of the BJP.

A Word For Mr Naipaul
It's possibly the biggest publishing story of the year. Patrick French's biography of V.S. Naipaul—"the" Naipaul biography to be written, that is—will be sold to publishers later this year. French—author of a landmark biography of the British explorer, spy and mystic, Francis Younghusband, and the controversial book on the Partition, Liberty or Death—is figuring out just what it will take to do this biography of Naipaul (Sir Vidia, if you must). His agent James Godin will do his sums there on to negotiate a deal that should be worth more than a small fortune. The buzz has begun in London's publishing world, the bidding can't be far off. Where in relation to a million do you place your money?

Eagerness to read that biography might have to stretch 10 years. It could take that long, and will take at least five years to do, French says. Readers of French and Naipaul can hardly wait. A book eagerly awaited that long will be worth paying for.

French has done the Younghusband biography, but at 36 he's more than a biographer. Liberty or Death is...


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