Cascoly Books: Egypt & North Africa

Cascoly Books - Egypt & North Africa

Best Books about Egypt

Images from Ancient Egypt

Best Fiction From Egypt & North Africa



CIA World Factbook for Egypt

The Complete Valley of the Kings : Tombs and Treasures of Egypt's Greatest Pharaohs

 Lords of the Atlas

Savage War of Peace - Algerian civil war


The Complete Pyramids


The Complete Tutankhamun : The King, the Tomb, the Royal Treasure


Chronicle of the Pharaohs : The Reign-By-Reign Record of the Rulers and Dynasties of Ancient Egypt



The Abyssinian Yet another interesting concept, well begun, but ultimately retreating to cliché. The first half of the book is quite good – detailing the travels of an embassy from Louis IV to the Negus (emperor) of Abyssinia in 1699. The novelist makes good use of the intrigues and mistrust among the various Catholic and other Western factions. The hero is a young herbalist whose medical knowledge gives him near miraculous powers, and provides several easy escapes from intricate plot devices. But these sections do impart a good sense of what it might be like to travel in these then unknown parts of the world, down the Nile, through Egypt and the Sudan, and ultimately to Ethiopia. (A good map would have been handy for this, as the areas involved are not well-known, even today.) But, about half way through, the descriptions and background can’t hide the predictability of the plot, and the Candidean romantic subplot detracts from the overall effect.

Dorothy Dunnett -

  • Scales of Gold
  • The Unicorn Hunt


  • Send a Fax From the Kasbah

  • cover In an Antique Land (Vintage Departures)

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