March 2018 e-Newsletter

Book of the Month

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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In the Spring Catalog

This Spring we are publishing a colorful new selection and variety of titles: they include the eagerly awaited third and final installment of Jason Thompson’s Wonderful Things, Zora O’Neill’s warm and witty travel account, All Strangers Are Kin: Adventures in Arabic and the Arab World, Humphrey Davies’s and Lesley Lababidi’s fascinating A Field Guide to the Street Names of Central Cairo, explaining what the capital’s street names commemorate and when they were first recorded, and Jihad of the Pen: The Sufi Literature of West Africa, which explores the intellectual writings of some of that region’s most influential Muslim spiritual thinkers.

Click here to browse the complete Spring 2018 catalog.

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Book Of The Month

Aristocrats and Archaeologists
An Edwardian Journey on the Nile

By Toby Wilkinson and Julian Platt
A collection of letters in a small painted box passed down through three generations of a London family is the starting point for a vivid account of a three-month journey up and down the Nile in a bygone age.

The letters, like a time capsule, bring to life a lost world of Edwardian travel and social mores, of Egypt on the brink of the modern age, of the great figures of Egyptology, of aristocrats and archaeologists.

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London Book Fair


10–12 April
The London Book Fair
Olympia, London

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