King Farouk

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…

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…