November 2017 e-Newsletter


Book of the Month

Gayer-Anderson
The Life and Afterlife of the Irish Pasha 

By Louise Foxcroft

A candid and charming biography of the renowned Orientalist, Egyptologist, poet, surgeon, soldier, psychic, and collector, based on his personal journals.

This book is a fascinating account of Gayer-Anderson’s strange and eclectic life in the final days of the British Empire: “Pum” Gayer-Anderson Pasha immersed himself in the Arab way of life, sailed the Nile, saw ghosts and witches, wrestled Turks and crocodiles, fought in Gallipoli, smoked opium, performed surgery in the desert, gathered and cared for artifacts and boys in his Cairene home, and survived an assassination attempt. “Egypt had possessed him,” writes prize-winning historian and author Louise Foxcroft in the closing paragraph of her book. Read more.

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