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Anthony Sattin A WINTER ON THE NILE First Edition Signed

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First edition, first print hardback published by Hutchinson/Random House UK Ltd in 2010. Signed by Sattin on the title page. With full numberline 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1
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First edition, first print hardback of A WINTER ON THE NILE, by Anthony Sattin and published by Hutchinson/Random House UK Ltd., London in 2010. Signed by Sattin on the title page. With full numberline 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1 on the copyright page.

The book is in very good condition (Clean black boards with gilt lettering on the spine) with minor wear to the illustrated dust jacket, which is not price clipped (light rubbing to the corners). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions.

Anthony Sattin is the author of several highly acclaimed books, including Lifting the Veil, The Pharaoh's Shadow and The Gates of Africa. He discovered and edited two exceptional manuscripts, Harriet Tytler's unique memoir of the Indian Mutiny of 1857, and Florence Nightingale's letters home from her journey of self-discovery up the Nile in 1849-1850. He has also edited a collection of stories, A House Somewhere, Tales of Life Abroad.

With an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, Anthony has also published fiction, both in anthology and book form. For the past decade, he has been a regular reviewer of non-fiction - primarily for the Sunday Times, for whom he wrote a weekly book column for seven years.

His journalism and travel writing have also appeared in a range of publications, including the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, Independent, Guardian, Spectator and Conde Nast Traveller. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and sits on the editorial board of Geographical Magazine.

He was recently named one of ten key influences in travel writing by Conde Nast Traveller and was runner-up in the 2007 Travel Writer of the Year awards.

As a broadcaster, he has made many appearances on both radio and television. His TV work began with his presenting an arts magazine programme and has since included appearances talking about the rediscovery of ancient Egypt on BBC1, BBC2 and the Discovery Channel. His radio work includes acclaimed documentaries for Radio 4 on Florence Nightingale in Egypt and on The Pharaoh's Music.

"In the winter of 1849, Florence Nightingale was an unknown 29-year-old - beautiful, well-born and deeply unhappy. After clashing with her parents over her refusal to marry, she had been offered a lifeline by family friends who suggested a trip to Egypt, a country which she had always longed to visit.

This book follows her journey along the Nile: a romantic adventure, but also a deeply spiritual one. It was during the trip that she found emotional recovery, the inspiration to resist parental pressure and the resolve to pursue her dream of a career in nursing.

By an extraordinary coincidence, taking the same boat from Alexandria was an unpublished French writer, Gustave Flaubert. Like Nightingale, he was at the crossroads in his life that was to lead to future acclaim and literary triumph.

As it did for her, Egypt for him represented escape and freedom as well as inspiration. But as a wealthy young man travelling with male friends, he had access to an altogether different Egypt: where Nightingale sought out temples and dispensaries, Flaubert visited brothels and harems.

Both of them were entranced, moved and liberated by the wonders of the Nile. As privileged early travellers, they saw an ancient landscape unchanged for centuries, and visited monuments still familiar to tourists today. And both wrote magnificently about the sights they saw.

This is a book about a key moment in the life of Florence Nightingale, a tantalising portrait of a young woman on the brink of international fame. But it also wonderfully counterpoints her journey with that of a future French literary genius, and it provides fascinating insight into the early days of travel to one of the greatest tourist destinations on the planet."

'Anthony Sattin's study itself has a dreamlike quality . . . he movingly reminds us of how, in the midst of life, those destined for greatness have no more idea where they are going than the rest of us.' - Sunday Times

'It is a tribute to Sattin's knowledge of Egypt and his skill as a writer that he makes this counterpoint narrative seem so effortless. His protagonists circle without ever touching in a dance through the desert.' - Independent

'Running beneath this cavalcade of visionary incidents and skilfully realised tableaux is a subtext about travel as a mystical dislocation.' - Telegraph

'In this entertaining book Sattin makes some important points on the intellectual, emotional and spiritual development of his immortal subjects.' - Mail on Sunday

291 pages. Illustrated with black & white photographs.

ISBN: 978 0 09 192606 9

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