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This is an account of life, attitudes and events in Cairo during World War II. It describes the historical background of the events of the Desert War, as well as stories and descriptions of personalities gleaned from the Ambassador's diaries and those of her grandparents, Duff and Diana Cooper.
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Artemis Cooper is the author of Cairo in the War, 1939-1945, Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure, and Writing at the Kitchen Table, as well as After the Liberation, 1945-1949 with her husband Antony Beevor. She has edited two collections of letters and Words of Mercury, a collection of pieces by Patrick Leigh Fermor.Review:
'Much more than a lively and amusing social history. With enormous skill she has shaped it into a gripping account of the progress of the war itself and of the fortunes of its major protagonists. The result is bracing and salutary and very readable indeed' * Charles Allen, Sunday Times * 'What lifts it out of the ordinary is the sparkle of the writing and its command of the background' * P. H. Newby, Sunday Telegraph * 'This informative and enjoyable book puts political history side-by-side with the personal sub-history of the characters who determined it . . . a mine of entertaining anecdotes' * Rana Kabbani, Observer * 'As hard to put down as good fiction. The research is wide, detailed and scrupulous. It is hard to think, on finishing, how this demanding book could have been handled better, more lucidly or more entertaining' * Patrick Leigh Fermor, Times Literary Supplement *
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Book Description Penguin UK, 2000. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110140247815