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Mary Wesley’s passionate lifelong love affair

2 December 2017 9:00 am

The novelist Mary Wesley never forgot the night of 26 October 1944. She was then 32, locked in a loveless…

Joan was ‘a lovely boy-girl... like a casual, loving, decadent Eton athlete’, according to Cyril Connolly

A sensual Greek goddess

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Joan Leigh Fermor died in 2003, aged 91, after falling in her bathroom in the house on a rocky headland…

The obelisk in the Place de la Concorde. Its transport from Luxor to Paris took seven years and involved the destruction of an entire village

Are Egypt’s obelisks more stunning even than the pyramids?

23 April 2016 9:00 am

On the banks of the River Thames in central London, an ancient Egyptian obelisk, known as Cleopatra’s Needle, reaches towards…

Tom Hiddlestone is The Night Manager

BBC1’s The Night Manager verges on parody

27 February 2016 9:00 am

The Night Manager (BBC1, Sunday) announced its intentions immediately, when the opening credits lovingly combined weapons and luxury items. ‘Blimey,’…

Egypt on its knees: Friday prayers in Tahrir Square

For Egypt, a bitter winter has followed the Arab spring

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Jack Shenker is a throwback to an older, more romantic age when foreign correspondents were angry, partisan and half-crazed with…

An Egyptian comedy of errors

16 January 2016 9:00 am

The Yacoubian Building, the first novel of the Egyptian writer Alaa Al Aswany, sold well over a million copies in…

Charles Moore’s Notes: Diane the Posh Goddess and Osborne’s mania

17 October 2015 8:00 am

When I arrived at Cambridge in 1975, a nervous freshman, I remember walking with a friend past Newnham and being…

Graffiti outside the American University of Cairo reads ‘Revolution’ (December 2011)

The revolution that went up in smoke

22 August 2015 9:00 am

‘Every day’, writes the foreign correspondent Wendell Steavenson in this account of the 2011 Egyptian revolution, ‘see-sawed between joy and…

Brothels, hashish, a poisonous scorpion, a cursed necklace: all excuses for macho antics in the Valley of the Kings

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Gore Vidal has form as a crime writer. In the early 1950s, when his sympathetic literary treatment of homosexuality had…

Baiting the trap with CHEESE: how we fooled the Germans in the second world war

28 March 2015 9:00 am

Second world war deception operations are now widely known, particularly those which misled the Germans into thinking that the D-Day…

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…

Lord Rennard's hand-brushing is nothing. I'll tell you what true violation is

22 February 2014 9:00 am

‘In my opinion,’ says Alistair Webster QC, author of the Liberal Democrats’ internal report into Lord Rennard’s droit de seigneur-style…

From Nasser to Mubarak — Egypt's modern pharaohs and their phoney myths

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Reporting Egypt’s revolution three years ago, I had a sense of history not so much repeating itself as discharging sparks…

High life:My first Egyptian coup

13 July 2013 9:00 am

I remember it well. It was August 1952, and I was dining with my parents on the Palm Beach casino’s…