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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (16 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340831545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340831540
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 24 x 3.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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The biggest discovery since Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon unearthed Tutankhamun in 1922 (The Sunday Times)

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'The biggest discovery since Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon unearthed Tutankhamun in 1922'

THE SUNDAY TIMES


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Stracs VINE VOICE on 1 Nov 2004
Format: Hardcover
I was desperate for this book to come out so that it could read it, and I have to say it has disappointed me a little. With all the talk of had Nefertiti's mummy been found or not, I really expected Joann Fletcher to make more of an argument in this book. In fact, the only real examination of her finds and theories are in the last two, shortest chapters of the book. Rather than providing a thorough examination of her reasons for believing the mummy is Nefertiti, the chapters covering this are too short and do not provide as thorough examination of the investigation and findings as I would have liked. What is presented is extremely interesting, but for me it was just not in depth enough. Maybe as a history graduate I was expecting too much but I was looking forward to an extensive look at all the evidence for and against this being Nefertiti.
The first bit of the book is taken up with a bit of biography on Fletcher's background in Egyptology, which is interesting enough. It is indeed interesting to see how a Yorkshire lass like myself comes to study Ancient Egypt, and Fletcher comes across as an interesting character throughout and is clearly nothing like the fusty middle aged male sorts who dominate historical study. Indeed her passion for the subject is refreshing and makes the book all the more readable because of it.
The next and largest chunk of the book looks into the history of Ancient Egypt, with a focus on the dominant female characters, and the Amarna royals. I found the sections on female pharaoahs and the role of women in Egyptian politics and religion fascinating. It is clearly well researched and offers a view not tainted by sexism and the refusal of some Egyptologists to give female Egyptians the credit and status they deserve.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Iset TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Oct 2010
Format: Paperback
As an Egyptologist and historian, I approached this book with great excitement - to me the discovery of Nefertiti would be an event of monumentally exciting proportions - and I couldn't wait to see the evidence that Fletcher had to prove her contentious theory. I perhaps should not have approached the book with such high expectations, as the book didn't match them.

There are both good and bad points to recommend and detract from the quality of this book. The topic, of course, is fascinating, the quality of actual writing, good. Best of all, and quite against the grain for a heavy academic historical factual book, the language is accessible and clear. I found the subject of the early chapters somewhat curious, where Fletcher describes her childhood interest in Egypt and her time as a student. I kept wondering when I would hear about the search for Nefertiti, but she only makes mention of how, as a young Egyptologist, she began to suspect that the Younger Lady might be the missing queen. Is this an autobiography of the life of Joann Fletcher or is it a historical factual work about the search for Nefertiti?

Then she spends an extensive few chapters describing past archaeological work on the search for Nefertiti. Whilst technically this finally addresses the title of the work, Fletcher seems keen to highlight at all times the mistakes and false assumptions made by archaeologists in antiquity, promoting her own "correct" interpretation of events as opposed to the "obviously mistaken" work of those come before her. She also goes to pains to emphasise the intractability and unchangeability of the historical and archaeological establishment and community, and it looks like she does so to counteract the widespread denunciation of her theories by the archaeological community.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Bowles VINE VOICE on 25 April 2006
Format: Hardcover
Anyone with a mild interest in things Egyptian was stunned and excited while reading the Sunday Times Magazine, two-part "The Nefertiti Discovery" June 8th and 13th 2003. This was followed up by a Discovery Channel Programme later in the year, plenty of E-Mail site responses and eventually the book. There is even a Discovery Channel website that highlights some of the most compelling evidence with plenty of pictures of Joann and suspected King Nefertiti: [...] The impact of the findings was somewhat like detonating a small nuclear device; the fall-out has lingered and produced camps for and against the evidence fighting it out in the atomic winter.

The Amarna period in ancient Egypt is fascinating and the possibility of Nefertiti being discovered was for me, a show stopper. The build up to this book were the articles in Weekend Magazine and programmes on channel four. With my appetite wetted I was waiting in anticipation for the book to be published and ordered it in advance on the strength of Joann's TV appearances. This was first excursion into the book-world of Joanne Fletcher having only seen her on the box as a high profile authority on mummification. I had no idea about her writing style and wondered if her terminology and content would leave me confused, high and dry. However, Joanne has a no-nonsense attitude and communicates well to those of us lacking a formal education in Egyptology. The book is without jargon, very readable and difficult to put down once started. The story line is supported by maps of Egypt, Egypt and Nubia, Thebes, 13 black and white figures, 2 black and white X-Ray plates and approximately 50 excellent colour photographs.
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