The Light of Asia

My new book is now out and we’re arranging a few discussions, on radio and in person. I’ll add dates as they are confirmed. Listen in or come along if you can!

A ‘beautifully written, deeply absorbing and revelatory account … elegant and entertaining.’  – The Telegraph 

‘A rich history… Harding writes with energy and insight.’ – Financial Times

‘Fascinating… a fine complement to Edward Said’s Orientalism.’ – The Spectator

‘Bubbling with critical energy, sharply-observed insight and welcome touches of humour’ – The Tablet


31st January: BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking, with Rowan Williams and Gayle Chong Kwang. Hosted by Rana Mitter.


7th February: in conversation with The Guardian‘s Tania Branigan at Daunt Books in Marylebone. Tickets HERE.

12th February: BBC Radio 4’s Start the Week, with Josephine Quinn and Carolina Rangel de Lima.


6th March: book event at Toppings in Bath. Tickets HERE.

27th March: book event at Toppings in Edinburgh. Tickets HERE.


29th June: Chalke History Festival:

– 11.30am: book talk, hosted by Shalina Patel.

– 5.30pm: ‘The Ultimate Bodyguard’: panel discussion alongside Tom Holland and Justin Pollard, hosted by Charlie Higson. 

Programme & tickets HERE.


Buckingham History Festival (date TBC; festival runs from 13th – 15th September)


4th October: Warwick Words History Festival

19th October: Wimbledon BookFest, in conversation with Josephine Quinn

26th October: Wells Festival of Literature, in conversation with Adam Rutherford.