Manu S Pillai

Manu S Pillai is a critically acclaimed writer and historian. He has authored four historical works including the award-winning The Ivory Throne: Chronicles of the House of Travancore (2015), Rebel Sultans: The Deccan from Khilji to Shivaji (2018), The Courtesan, the Mahatma & the Italian Brahmin: Tales from Indian History (2019), and most recently, False Allies: India’s Maharajahs in the Age of Ravi Varma (2021). Formerly Chief of Staff to Dr Shashi Tharoor MP, he has in the past worked at the House of Lords in Britain, with Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE DL, and with the BBC on their Incarnations history series, assisting Dr Sunil Khilnani. Written over six years and researched in three continents, Manu’s first book, The Ivory Throne won the 2016 Tata Lit Live Prize for best first work of non-fiction and the 2017 Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar. For three years, Manu wrote a weekly column for Mint Lounge. His other writings have appeared in The HinduOpen Magazine, the Times of India, Hindustan TimesThe New Statesman, and other publications. Manu is an alumnus of Fergusson College, Pune, and is currently pursuing a PhD from King’s College London.