Blogs in January 2021

The Girls from Alexandria 12th January 2021

Memories are fragile when you are seventy years old. I can’t afford to lose any more of them, not when remembering the past might help with the here and now. Nadia needs help. Help getting out of her hospital...

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Clouds Over Alexandria 2nd May 2020

In the 1970s, once-cosmopolitan Alexandria was at the forefront of the clash between Nasser’s socialist-era principles and the burgeoning fundamentalist movement. Five idealistic students find themselves caught up in this tangled web, as their leftist activism makes them a...

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Out of Egypt 6th August 2016

Set in luxuriant cosmopolitan Alexandria, this richly colored memoir chronicles the exploits of a flamboyant Jewish family from its bold arrival in Egypt at the turn of the century to its defeated exodus three generations later. In elegant and...

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Arctic Summer 10th September 2014

In this literary tour de force, twice Booker shortlisted novelist Damon Galgut evokes the life and work of EM Forster, his travels to India, and the freedom and inspiration he found there. In 1912, the SS Birmingham approaches India....

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Jasmine Nights 1st January 1970

It is 1942 and the war is tearing Europe apart, shattering lives and devastating countries. But for some, it will be the greatest of adventures. Saba, a striking, headstrong singer from Wales defies her family to chase her dream...

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