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up to the Best of Pan Macmillan newsletter to discover the best of our books, events and special offers. Archaeologist, spy, Arabist, linguist, author, poet, photographer, mountaineer and nation builder, Gertrude Bell was born in into a world of privilege and plenty, but she turned her back on all that for her passion for the Arab peoples, becoming the architect of the independent kingdom of Iraq and seeing its first king Faisal safely onto the throne in It is a compelling portrait of a woman who transcended the restrictions of her class and age and in so doing created a remarkable and enduring legacy.
Exemplary' Sunday Times 'You don't have to share Gertrude Bell's passions in order to be her biographer, but it helps' Daniel Johnson Sunday Telegraph Seven 'One re this richly rewarding book wishing that Britain had a shred of the esteem it had in the Arab world in the days of Gertrude Bell. Drawing extensively on Bell's writings and personal letters, Howell draws up a detailed picture ob Bell's life and loves In the current climate Bell's part in creating modern-day Iraq is particularly resonant.
Here is a lesson in biography and travel writing …For anyone serious about becoming a travel writer this enchanting biography is a delight. It daughter for desert not only travel, but also how to take an adventure and turn it into a story. Lawrence … With a skill and clarity worthy of her heroine, Ms Howell evokes the diversity of religions, interests and traditions that Gertrude Bell understood so thoroughly.
What emerges is a woman who, though officially part of the male world, never conformed to it. up here. Ready for your next read?Daughter for desert
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