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Book Reflections – Leap of Faith by Queen Noor

Lisa Halaby grew up in the USA with a Swedish-American mother and an Arab-American father. Her father was an influential man involved in the air industry and governance, at one … Continue reading

July 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

The Miniaturist is a captivating novel that I found difficult to put down. Set in Amsterdam in 1687, the novel follows four tumultuous months in the lives of a wealthy … Continue reading

July 16, 2017 · 5 Comments

Book Reflections – Tomorrow to be Brave by Susan Travers

Susan Travers was awarded 12 medals for her bravery and service to the Free French Army in WWII. After the war she joined the French Foreign Legion so that she … Continue reading

July 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – My Amazon Adventure by Sebastian Snow

Sebastian Snow journeyed to Peru in 1951 at the age of twenty-one. He accepted a job to collected readings from scientific instruments at the source of one of the Amazon … Continue reading

July 3, 2017 · 4 Comments

Book Reflections – Queen of the Desert by Georgina Howell

Gertrude Bell is my hero. The books that she wrote about her extraordinary journeys through the Levant and Mesopotamia filled me with awe at her adventurous spirit, her life outside … Continue reading

June 26, 2017 · 6 Comments

Book Reflections – The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

The Golem and the Jinni takes the reader on a ride from pre-WWI Poland,Germany and New York to pre-10th Century Syria among the Bedouin. This is an ambitious undertaking but … Continue reading

June 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – A Ride to Khiva by Frederick Burnaby

Frederick (Fred) Burnaby was a Colonel in the British Army. It was the summer of 1874 and he was in the Sudan when he read a newspaper article stating that … Continue reading

June 5, 2017 · 2 Comments

Book Reflections – Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger

Wilfred Thesiger was a hard man! I first read an encounter with him by Eric Newby in A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush. Thesiger was determined to explore more of the … Continue reading

May 25, 2017 · 5 Comments

Book Reflections – The Lure of the North 

The Lure of the North is a compilation of three essays written by British travellers in mid nineteenth century.  The 19th-century boom in mass tourism, fuelled by the introduction of … Continue reading

April 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Good Soldier Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek

It’s been a few years since I enjoyed the unique pleasure of Central European absurdity. Hašek certainly knew how to write in an absurd and funny way. In The Good … Continue reading

April 21, 2017 · Leave a comment