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Lawrence by Michael Asher
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My general review of this book is excellent, inasmuch as, because of the author's previous first-hand knowledge of many aspects of life in the desert, he has told the story from a unique angle, which is vital jn order to portray an accurate picture of the situation. This is my first impression as I have not yet completed reading the book. I would therefore value the chance to further review this book when I have completed reading it… Jean Khan.


Lawrence was both masochist and misogynist, a constant creator of myths and mysteries about himself. Yet this tormented, physically unimpressive man was also one of the authentic heroes of the twentieth century. Most biographers have been content either to glorify or to debunk, but Arabist and desert explorer Michael Asher has re-examined all the evidence to reveal a totally credible mixture of strength and weakness, self-glorification and real achievement. 'Asher's Lawrence is neither a driven visionary nor a great man, but one who had the right talents for an awfully big adventure. That adventure is Asher's subject... the core of his book is a lucid, fast-paced account of Lawrence's war... the story he has to tell is irresistibly stirring.' Lucy Hughes-Hallet, Sunday Times

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Michael Asher has served in the Parachute Regiment and the SAS Regiment. The author of twenty-four books and presenter of six TV documentaries, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1996. For his writing and travels, he has been awarded the Lawrence of Arabia Memorial Medal, the Mungo Park Medal and the Ness Award. He lives in Nairobi, Kenya.
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October 28th, 1999
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United Kingdom
Penguin Books Ltd
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