BY PETER STOTHARD
In December 2010 I felt suddenly frustrated at a long-time failure to write a book about Cleopatra -and took off to Alexandria to see if I could better complete it in the city where once she had ruled.
The onset of the Arab Spring became just one of the obstacles that freshly complicated the task. My daily diary entries became as much memoir of dead and living friends as history of a dead queen.
That diary is now Alexandria: the Last Nights of Cleopatra, a book, even if not quite the book I long intended. It is about to be published by Granta and its first outings are at the Du Maurier Festival at Fowey on May 12 and at Hay on Wye on May 26.
It would be wonderful to find there some festival-going TLS readers and Facebook friends.