Coming soon to the CARL: GERTRUDE Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations by Georgina Howell
Book description excerpt : "She has been called the female Lawrence of Arabia, which, while not inaccurate, fails to give Gertrude Bell her due. She was at one time the most powerful woman in the British Empire: a nation builder, the driving force behind the creation of modern-day Iraq. Born in 1868 into a world of privilege, Bell turned her back on Victorian society, choosing to read history at Oxford and going on to become an archaeologist, spy, Arabist, linguist, author (of Persian Pictures, The Desert and the Sown, and many other collections), poet, photographer, and legendary mountaineer (she took off her skirt and climbed the Alps in her underclothes)." Full description.
Book review: June 2007 issue of the Atlantic Monthly
Related podcast: Listen to this Australian Broadcasting Corporation interview of the author Georgina Howell about her new book from January 2007
Articles about Getrude Bell (peer-reviewed)