March 2018 e-Newsletter


Book of The Month

The Diaries of Waguih Ghali
An Egyptian Writer in the Swinging Sixties Volume 2: 1966–68
Edited by May Hawas 



These are the  captivating diaries of Waguih Ghali, the Egyptian political exile, novelist, and libertine intellectual in sixties Europe, perhaps better know as the author of the widely acclaimed novel Beer in the Snooker Club, who committed suicide in the London flat of his editor, friend, and sometimes lover, Diana Athill.

This second volume of the diaries covers the period from 1966 to 1968. Moving from West Germany to London and Israel, and back in memory to Egypt and Paris, the entries boast of endless drinking, countless love affairs, and of mingling with the dazzling intellectuals of London. The Diaries also critique the sinister political circles of Jerusalem and Cairo, describe Ghali’s trepidation at being the first Egyptian allowed into Israel after the 1967 War, and confess in detail the pain and difficulties of writing and exile.

“Ghali’s struggles and insecurities feel terribly familiar, and it is oddly comforting to see them laid bare.”—Lara El Gibaly, Mada Masr

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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

Events

10–12 April
The London Book Fair
Olympia, London

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