Watts Chapel

On a recent visit to the Watts Chapel in Compton near Guildford in the south of England, I was struck by how Arabic the decoration appears. In Islamic art, one would not find the human faces but the fluid grace of the lines is strongly reminiscent of Arabic calligraphy. The […]

Launch of The Sacred River

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As readers of this blog probably know, my new novel┬áThe Sacred River┬ácame out last week. We had the launch party a few days after publication day, at the Petrie Museum, in London. The Petrie is one of the foremost Egyptology museums in the world, with an estimated 80,000 objects. It’s […]