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    DescriptionWhen Peter Stothard, editor of the "Times Literary Supplement," finds himself stranded in Alexandria in the winter of 2010 after his flight to South Africa has been cancelled, he sets out to explore a nation on the brink of revolution. Guided by two native Egyptians, Stothard traces his own life-long interest in the history of Cleopatra, and his repeated failure to write the book about her that he had always wanted to. In Alexandria, part memoir and part travel literature, Stothard was the sights and sounds of the ancient city to reconnect with the formative experiences of his childhood education, and his literary career. Melancholy and sometimes humorous, Alexandria offers a first-hand glimpse into the fracturing police state of Hosni Mubarak, before the uprising in Tahir Square changed everything.

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    The Last Nights of Cleopatra
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Stothard
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 383
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 560 g
    ISBN 13: 9781468303704
    ISBN 10: 1468303708

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    LC classification: DT73.A4 S76 2013
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    Illustrations note
    black & white halftones
    Overlook Press
    Imprint name
    Overlook Press
    Publication date
    01 August 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Peter Stothard is Editor of the "Times Literary Supplement" and author of two books "Thirty Days" and "Spartacus Road." He is a classicist and a political and literary journalist. From 1992 to 2002 he was the Editor of "The Times." In 2012 he was chairman of the judges for the Man Booker Prize.
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    Praise for "Spartacus Road" "Elegant, erudite...this engaging book reminds us that, for all the secrets the story of Spartacus refuses to give up, it still leads us back to the heart of things." --"The Wall Street Journal" "One of those rare books in which there is something of unexpected interest on every page, and which makes the reader wish he or she could pack a small bag and accompany the author on his travels."--"Daily Beast" "A thoroughly enjoyable combination of history, autobiography, travel and general musings about Alexandria....It is these writings of poets and historians from 2,000 years ago that bring together the Greek and Roman influences that made Alexandria great. It is a joy to watch the classically trained mind assemble the story. Don't try to categorize this book; just read it and let it flow over you." --"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)