Reading Around Mesopotamia

If you’ve been enjoying the blog posts about the history behind the war in Mesopotamia the following books may be of interest to you.


Currently all of the following are on the Norfolk Library catalogue and if you click on the title you will be taken straight though to the book information so that library members can place a reservation.

General Books about the area and politics.

A Line in the Sand by James Barr (2012)

Through a stellar cast of politicians, diplomats, spies and soldiers – including T.E. Lawrence, Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle – ‘A Line in the Sand’ tells the story of the short but crucial era when Britain and France ruled the Middle East.

Enemy on the Euphrates by Ian Rutledge

This is a lively and accessible account of the British campaign in the Middle East during World War I and of the Arab revolt against their occupation. Drawing on British and Arab archives and memoirs, Rutledge brings to life the human side of these violent events through vivid descriptions and anecdotes. The book is illustrated with maps and photographs.

Greenmantle by John Buchan

This classic adventure is set in war-torn Europe, and is the sequel to The Thirty-Nine Steps. It shows John Buchan’s mastery of the thriller and also his immense knowledge of world politics – not strictly set in Mesopotamia but gives a great, boys-own style adventure spin to the politics of the area. Reader beware – this is very much of its time!

Books (and a film) about Lawrence of Arabia

Hero: The life and legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda

This is the story of an epic life on a grand scale, a biography of the extraordinary, mysterious & dynamic Englishman whose daring exploits & romantic profile made him an object of intense fascination, known as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. Michael Korda demystifies & reveals the real man – T.E. Lawrence – as he truly was.

Lawrence in Arabia by Scott Anderson

This is a thrilling and revelatory narrative of one of the most epic and consequential periods in 20th century history – the Arab Revolt, and the secret game to control the Middle East.

Lawrence of Arabia by David Murphy

Thomas Edward Lawrence, known as Lawrence of Arabia, is remembered today more for his immortalisation on stage and screen rather than for his exploits in the Middle East during World War I. This book looks at his military achievements, his major campaigns and the influence he had on shaping the war in the Middle East.

Lawrence of Arabia: mirage of a desert war by Adrian Greaves

By the author of ‘Rorke’s Drift’, this biography uses primary sources to uncover the truth from all the fictions that surround the legendary figure of Lawrence of Arabia. It covers the actualities of the war Lawrence fought in greater detail than ever before, and also describes what happened to him after the war.

Lawrence of Arabia – film

Starring – Jack Hawkins – Jose Ferrer – Anthony Quayle – Claude Rains – Arthur Kennedy

Books about the Norfolk Regiment

(Please note this is a very small sample of books on this topic. Norfolk’s libraries do hold much more material about the regiment – including photos – but much is reference only and to view this you will need to visit a branch.  To search for this material please use the catalogue and in the title field type “Norfolk Regiment.”)

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