Anthony Sattin

Map of West Africa, c.1547, depicting the trading fortress of São Jorge da Mina on the African Gold Coast.

The scramble for Africa goes back many centuries

26 January 2019 9:00 am

A thought kept recurring as I read Toby Green’s fascinating and occasionally frustrating book on the development of West Africa…

The battle of Lepanto, October 1571

From Barbary corsairs to people-traffickers: the violence of the Mediterranean

30 May 2015 9:00 am

With summer on its way, thoughts turn south to olive groves and manicured vineyards, to the warm water and hot…

A treasure-trove of grisly Arab tales may appeal more to an Isis fighter than your average British reader

13 December 2014 9:00 am

The marvellous tales of the title are not just confined to the contents of this book, for the travels and…

American Smoke, by Iain Sinclair - review

23 November 2013 9:00 am

If you have read Iain Sinclair’s books you will know that he is a stylist with a love of language.…