Legh, Thomas: Narrative of a Journey in Egypt and the Country Beyond The Cataracts

Author
Legh, Thomas

Title
Narrative of a Journey in Egypt and the Country Beyond The Cataracts, 1816

Publisher
Nabu Press, 2011


This is an original work of the traveller Thomas Legh. It takes you across the seas to Egypt. Be prepared for adventures involving crocodiles, excavations, the plague, near-asphyxiation in a cave and accusation of murder and black magic.

The book was one of the sources for my Writer’s Travel Guide post about Lyme Park.

MacCarthy, Fiona: Byron, Life and Legend

Author
Fiona MacCarthy

Title
Byron, Life and Legend

Publisher
Faber & Faber; 2006


There are many books about Lord Byron, and when it comes to Mr Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know it certainly is helpful to tell the truth from the myth.

I have found Byron, Life and Legend accessible, well researched and entertaining. For her work, Ms MacCarthy used material from John Murray’s archive. She was one of the first biographers to have a closer look at Lord Byron’s relationship with men.

The book was one of the sources for my post about William Bankes.

Usick, Patricia: Adventures in Egypt and Nubia

Author
Dr Patricia Usick

Title
Adventures in Egypt and Nubia, the Travels of William John Bankes (1786-1855)

Publisher
David Brown Book Co; 2002


Dr Usick describes the extraordinary travels of Egyptologist William Bankes, and it is invaluable that she often quotes humorous parts from his correspondence. An incredible good read that provides an insight view into travelling and exploration in the early 19th century.

The book was one of the sources for my posts about William Bankes and about Thomas Legh .

Sebba, A.: The Exiled Collector

Author
Sebba, Anne

Title
The Exiled Collector: William Bankes and the Making of an English Country House

Publisher
John Murray; 2005


A gripping book about William John Bankes, pioneer Egyptologist and renowned traveller. I loved reading about William’s adventures abroad and at home in England. Anne Sebba knows how to tell a good story. Her book is one of the sources of “Writer’s Travel Guide: Kingston Lacy”.