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Queen of the Desert

Queen of the Desert by Georgina Howell

Non-Fiction suggested by Janet

Gertrude Bell turned her back on her priviledged life for her passion for the Arab people, becoming the architect of Iraq seeing its first king Faisal onto the throne.

from Amazon –¬†¬†Archaeologist, spy, Arabist, linguist, author, poet, photographer, mountaineer and nation builder, Gertrude Bell was born in 1868 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 1921. Queen of the Desert is her story, vividly told and impeccably researched, drawing on Gertrude’s own writings, both published and unpublished. Previously published as Daughter of the Desert, this 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.