on 30 September 2013
... that I'd known of this book before my own journey to St. Catherine's monastery a few years ago. That experience was interesting but ultimately lacked impact because the arid stones of the sublime edifice needed to be enlivened with expert guidance. This is what Janet Soskice provides in this volume: a cornucopia of Edwardian eccentricity, perseverance and tenacity, the mysterious worlds of the near Middle East and Cambridge University and the triumph of the human imagination. Add to this heady concoction some sublime slices of comic misadventure and vicious academic rivalry and you have a tale that will unfold before your eyes as vividly and as compellingly as the film that has not yet, but should definitely be made. As precious as the find it describes.