Rory Stewart is a member of the British Parliament and the author of The Places in Between, The Prince of the Marshes, and, most recently, Can Intervention Work? (with Gerald Knaus). He lives in Cumbria, Britain.
Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations by Georgina Howell
Gertrude Bell: The Lady of Iraq by H.V.F. Winstone
Review of the Civil Administration in Mesopotamia by Gertrude Bell
The Gertrude Bell Project
The publication of Bruce Chatwin’s The Songlines in 1987 transformed English travel writing; it made it cool. For the previous half century, travel writing seemed to consist either of grim, extended journeys through desolate landscapes or jokes about foreigners. But Chatwin was as attractive as a person as he was as a writer. The New York Times review of The Songlines ran: “Nearly every writer of my generation in England has wanted, at some point, to be Bruce Chatwin, wanted to be talked about, as he is, with raucous envy; wanted, above all, to have written his books.” I was no exception. Aged twenty, I thought that even his untruths were immensely erudite.