Dirk Collier’s passion for Asian culture and history was aroused as a result of his travels throughout the continent, predominantly in China and India. In 2011, he published The Emperor’s Writings, a historical novel on the life and times of Akbar the Great (1542-1605); in 2013 came his essay Paths to Peace: Religion, Ethics and Tolerance in a Globalizing World, with a Foreword by H.E. Herman Van Rompuy, honorary President of the European Council, and in 2015, he published The Great Mughals and Their India, a non-fiction chronicle of one of the greatest dynasties in world history – the Mughal – from its founder Babur to Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last of the clan. He has also written a number of articles for various journals and occasionally lectures at universities and cultural institutions. Professionally, he is a lawyer and a businessman and serves on the board of several companies and organisations.
Category: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Amaryllis Books
Publisher (Dutch): Lannoo
Publisher (Turkish): Kaknus Yayinlari (forthcoming)
Rights: World rights available (excluding Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, Turkish and Dutch rights for Belgium and Netherlands)
Admirably researched and written in magnificently evocative, compelling prose, The Emperor’s Writings narrates the true story of Akbar‘s life and times. It covers his swift, spectacular rise to absolute power, amidst strife and intrigues, and often against overwhelming odds. It also outlines his remarkably modern vision of a prosperous, diverse and tolerant India. His eventful personal life, with friendships, enmities and love affairs, against the backdrop of the tragic conflict with Salīm (Jahāngīr), his only surviving son and successor, is also part of the novel.
Category: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Hay House Publishers India
The Mughal dynasty and its cultural and architectural legacy – the world-famous Taj Mahal being the most prominent – is an inexhaustible source of inspiration to historians, writers, film-makers, artists and everyone else.
The reason for this is two-fold. First and foremost, the history of the Mughal dynasty happens to be a fascinating story, with all the ingredients of classical drama: ambition and frustration, triumph and despair, grandeur and decline, love and hate, loyalty and betrayal. It offers ample food for thought and reflection on the human condition.
Secondly, and more importantly, Mughal history deserves to be widely read and reflected upon, because of its lasting cultural and political relevance to the Indian subcontinent and the world. It is a constant source of inspiration and reflection for generations to come.
History books should be accurate, informative, and entertaining. This is exactly what The Great Mughals and their India has to offer: insightful, highly readable and entertaining, it provides the reader with an accurate and thought-provoking account of one of the most inspiring stories in the history of humankind.