Young Lawrence A Portrait of the Legend as a Young Man

by Anthony Sattin

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Young Lawrence A Portrait of the Legend as a Young Man Synopsis

T. E. Lawrence was one of the most charismatic characters of the First World War; a young archaeologist who fought with the Arabs and wrote an epic and very personal account of their revolt against the Turks in Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Yet this was not the first book to carry that iconic title. In 1914 the man who would become Lawrence of Arabia burnt the first Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a manuscript in which he described his adventures in the Middle East during the five years before the war. Anthony Sattin uncovers the story Lawrence wanted to conceal: the truth of his birth, his tortuous relationship with a dominant mother, his deep affection for an Arab boy, the intimate details of the extraordinary journeys he took through the region with which his name is forever connected and the personal reasons that drove him from being a student to becoming an archaeologist and a spy. Young Lawrence is the first book to focus on the story of T. E. Lawrence in his twenties, before the war, during the period he looked back on as his golden years. Using first-hand sources, museum records and Foreign Office documents, Sattin sets these adventures against the background of corrosive conflicts in Libya and the Balkans. He shows the simmering defiance of Arabs, Armenians and Kurds under Turkish domination, while uncovering the story of an exceptional young man searching for happiness, love and his place in the world until war changed his life forever.

The Good Book Guide Review

This concise biography covers the formative years of a 20th-century icon, from his childhood through to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. Up to that point, T E Lawrence had been fulfilling his ambition to become an archaeologist. Piecing together pieces of pottery led him to the Ashmolean where he met the curator D G Hogarth, who would effectively introduce Lawrence to the Levantine. Sattin’s book follows Lawrence on his trips to the Middle East, where his fascination for the region took such a hold that when war came between the British and Ottoman Empires there was no doubt where Lawrence’s destiny lay.

Young Lawrence A Portrait of the Legend as a Young Man Press Reviews

'I enjoyed Young Lawrence very much ... while Lawrence is not a boy in Anthony Sattin's splendid book he clearly prefigures Lawrence of Arabia - a conscious striving towards becoming a hero, and a bold exploration not only of the Middle East, but of himself' Michael Korda, author of Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia

 

'Sattin's unique portrait reveals an itinerant scholar adventurously immersing himself in the history, peoples, and landscapes of the Near East, the chrysalis of the brilliant figure soon to emerge: Lawrence of Arabia' Steve Kemper, author of A Labyrinth of Kingdoms

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ISBN: 9781848549111
Publication date: 02/07/2015
Publisher: John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of John Murray General Publishing Division
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781848549128
Publication date: 09/10/2014
Publisher: John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of John Murray General Publishing Division
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Book Information

ISBN: 9781848549111
Publication date: 2nd July 2015
Author: Anthony Sattin
Publisher: John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of John Murray General Publishing Division
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 336 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, History,
Categories: Biography: historical, political & military, First World War, Asian history, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000,

About Anthony Sattin

Anthony Sattin is a journalist, broadcaster and the author of several highly acclaimed books of history and travel including The Gates of Africa, Lifting the Veil and A Winter on the Nile. He is editorial advisor on Geographical Magazine, a contributing editor to Conde Nast Traveller and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He lives in London and the Middle East.

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