The writer Ian Buruma says he was approached to write Naipaul's biography a long time ago. He says this in his review of Patrick French's biography, The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul. Buruma writes in his article in the New York Review of Books:
I was wrong. The truth is not skimped in Patrick French's excellent book.
Buruma, who is now Henry R. Luce Professor of Democracy, Human Rights, and Journalism at Bard College, has written considerably on Asia — and faced some criticism.
Here is an old letter written by Kishore Mahbubani, dean of the Lee Kuan School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore and formerly Singapore's ambassador to the United Nations, in response to one of Buruma's articles in the New York Review of Books.