A Literary Treasure Hunt

A few months ago, I was going through some boxes of books that belonged to Robert Allason Furness, thanks to his daughter Mary Furness. He had first moved to Egypt at the beginning of the 20th century to work in the colonial civil service and ended up as Professor of English at Cairo University. He…

Being kicked out of Khartoum

NothingĀ is asĀ romantic as a lost cause, this is well known. I would add that, in a lost cause, it is the peripheries that are the most romantic. A few years ago, in entirely uninteresting circumstances, I came into possession of number of letters from a failed Congolese rebel fighter, now holed up in Khartoum, to…