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By Peter Stothard

Whilst Peter Stothard, editor of the days Literary complement, reveals himself stranded in Alexandria within the wintry weather of 2010 after his flight to South Africa has been cancelled, he units out to discover a kingdom close to revolution. Guided via local Egyptians, Stothard lines his personal life-long curiosity within the background of Cleopatra, and his repeated failure to put in writing the e-book approximately her that he had regularly sought after to.

In Alexandria, half memoir and half commute literature, Stothard used to be the attractions and sounds of the traditional urban to reconnect with the formative stories of his youth schooling, and his literary occupation. depression and occasionally funny, Alexandria bargains a first-hand glimpse into the fracturing police nation of Hosni Mubarak, prior to the rebellion in Tahir sq. replaced every thing.

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Just before Nebi Danial ends in a bus station there is a low, iron fence around a sloping, green-marble slab broken by grass. Above a watery-coloured rock sits a concrete swirl of foam speckled by golden mosaics and on the foam, riding erect, or as erect as anything could ride on so toppling a tower, is a winged woman with claws, part angel, part sphinx, pushing out a conch shell from which water, powered by a hanging electric flex, may once have flowed. A Sea Fountain? Yes, this must be the place that he meant.

The conversation was becoming ridiculous. I said carefully that I would like to have met Socratis’s mother. I would have liked it very much, more than to have heard this peculiar version from her son.

But we were surrounded by science. When we wanted a better picture, the contrast of our blacks and whites was improved from the first principles of the cathode ray. To make the most of the Coronation, the Billy Cotton Band Show or even Mrs Dale’s Diary, a massed expertise could be deployed, from as far afield as Noakes Avenue, the outer limit where Marconi-land ended and Essex farming returned. The houses were so alike, and the food in their cupboards so absolutely alike, that it hardly mattered where on the estate we fed our pet pond creatures or ate our tea.

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