The story of Sheikh Mohammed bin Ibrahim Alsubeaei is an inspiring one – a portrait of a man who, in turbulent times, overcame great hardship and adversity and achieved consummate success…
This intriguing odyssey, set on the edges of time, encompasses biography, memoir, detective story, travelogue and history to tell a remarkable tale of East-West connections and a mysterious love. The author’s quest begins when the word ‘indigo’ draws her to the illustrated journals, now in the British Library, of Victorian explorer Thomas Machell.
She finds her life to have striking echoes of his, not least travels to and within India, a career in indigo, and a passion for journal writing. She is also intrigued by his aspiration to write ‘a novel in the form of an autobiography’ and by his quirky watercolour sketches.
One of the most remarkable books I have ever read… a deeply moving, totally enchanting account of a great metaphysical mystery.
A N Wilson
A Soldier in Arabia reveals the behind-the-scenes story of the events which led up to and followed the creation of the present-day United Arab Emirates in December 1971 followed, a few months later, with Ras Al Khaimah joining the Federation. Soldier and adventurer David Neild was the youngest officer to serve in the legendary Trucial Oman Scouts when he joined them at the age of only 20 in 1959.
In 1968 Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, with whom Neild had formed a good working relationship, called on Neild to set up and command a national defence force for the Sheikhdom, with the rank of Lt Colonel. In hardback.
This compelling memoir of a young boy’s struggle for survival in the heartland of the Mafia is a story of tragic young love and centuries-old hatreds told with wry humour and brutal honesty.
No-one from that region with the author’s connections or perspective has ever written about what it was really like. For obvious reasons, names, times and places have been changed (to protect the innocent and, in many cases, the guilty), as the author has a family and a life – but these events and experiences really happened.
“This is no sentimental homage to the past.” Francesco Scannella
In paperback. Hardback out of stock.