Patrick French is a British writer and historian, based in London. He was educated at the University of Edinburgh where he studied English and American literature.
French is the author of several books including : Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer, a biography of Francis Younghusband, The World Is What It Is, an authorized biography of Nobel Laureate V.S Naipaul which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in the United States of America., and India: A Portrait. An intimate biography of 1.2 billion people.
During the 1992 general election, French was a Green Party candidate for Parliament. He has sat on the executive committee of the Tibet Support Group UK, and was a founding member of the inter-governmental India-UK Round Table.