Anthony Sattin

The battle of Lepanto, October 1571

From Barbary corsairs to people-traffickers: the violence of the Mediterranean

30 May 2015 9:00 am

The Mediterranean has always been central to European civilisation — and a source of drama and conflict, says Anthony Sattin

King Nebuchadnezzar leaving Tyre Photo: Getty

A treasure-trove of grisly Arab tales may appeal more to an Isis fighter than your average British reader

13 December 2014 9:00 am

The marvellous tales of the title are not just confined to the contents of this book, for the travels and…

American beat poet Allen Ginsberg Photo: Getty

American Smoke, by Iain Sinclair - review

23 November 2013 9:00 am

If you have read Iain Sinclair’s books you will know that he is a stylist with a love of language.…

The Last Train to Zona Verde, by Paul Theroux - review

1 June 2013 9:00 am

Paul Theroux has produced some of the best travel books of the past 50 years, and some of the lamest.…

'O My America!', by Sara Wheeler - review

9 March 2013 9:00 am

You might not expect Sara Wheeler, the intrepid literary traveller, to be anxious about passing the half-century point. Surely a…

A duty to protest

24 November 2012 9:00 am

A few years ago, in West Africa, a woman came up to me and said, ‘You know what’s wrong with…

Twists and turns through history

7 July 2012 6:00 am

Jeremy Seal is a Turkophile, but don’t look to him for a grand history of the republic or lives of…

Spirit of place

21 January 2012 11:00 am

There are two ways of viewing the changes sweeping through the Arab world in general and Cairo in particular. There…

Malice in the Middle East

6 August 2011 12:00 am

A shocking story of ruthless Anglo-French rivalry


Sixties mystic

28 May 2011 12:00 am

The misery memoir is the fad of the moment.


The dominoes rally

5 February 2011 12:00 am

Autocrats left standing in the region now share a single overriding aim: not being the next to fall

The last five hundred years

25 November 2009 12:00 am

In the aftermath of the destruction of New York’s World Trade Center, an elderly Arab from the Gulf told me that he thought it was the work of American agents.

Two sides of the dark continent

28 May 2008 12:00 am

Anthony Sattin reviews two books with contrasting takes on Africa

Earning an easy chair

20 February 2008 12:00 am

Anthony Sattin on Duncan Fallowell's account of New Zealand life

In the steps of Stanley

28 June 2007 9:57 am

Of all the world’s under- developed and misruled countries few can compete with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The…

The future is black

22 March 2007 8:15 am

The title of Peter Godwin’s beautifully written and magnificently poignant memoir is taken from Zulu lore, which states that solar…

A place of wonders and horrors

3 December 2005 12:00 am

For his fifth travel book, Philip Marsden has returned to his roots; not to his native Cornwall, but to the…

East and West — when the twain meet

19 November 2005 12:00 am

As far as love affairs go, the relationship between British travel writers and Islam has been both intense and long-lasting.…

Payment on delivery

13 August 2005 12:00 am

Picture this scene: in the delivery room of a Botswana hospital, a woman howls with the pain of childbirth and…

A fantasist of the first order

23 July 2005 12:00 am

Many years ago, in one of those precious moments of seren- dipity, I came across a novel called Ali and…