Water in the Leader’s Vision

I have recently published a new book. The title is as above and was inspired by a broadcast on Omani television. The late Sultan Qaboos put a lot into infrastructure projects and his government liked to remind the population. Water is of course a priority in the Middle East and a slight mistranslation from Arabic into English provided the inspiration.

The essays in the book are based on articles which mostly appeared in the Quarterly Review over the past five years and the subjects are quite varied, ranging from the whacky and wonderful contents of Victorian editions of the Colliery Guardian, to life on board a freighter in the Baltic and the eccentric activity to be found along the Trans Pennine railway line. Oh, and an Egyptian temple in Leeds, Yorkshire.

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