Anthony Sattin

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Anthony Sattin is a British journalist and broadcaster and the author of several highly acclaimed books of history and travel. He completed a literature degree at the University of Warwick and an MA in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. His main area of interest is the Middle East and Africa, particularly Egypt, and he has lived and travelled extensively in these regions.

Sattin's books include The Pharaoh's Shadow,[1] Shooting the Breeze, Lifting the Veil,[2] The Gates of Africa,[3] and A Winter on the Nile: Florence Nightingale, Gustave Flaubert and the Temptations of Egypt,[4] which was described as 'a triumph of the historical imagination' [5] and chosen by several papers as one of their books of the year: the Independent called it 'some of the best writing of the year.'[5] He discovered and edited Florence Nightingale's previously unpublished letters from Egypt and has edited A House Somewhere: Tales of Life Abroad.,[6] which is sometimes used as a set text for teaching English A-level [6]. His most recent book is Young Lawrence: a Portrait of the Legend as a Young Man,[7] published in the UK in October 2014, in the US in January 2015.

Sattin has been a long-time regular contributor to the Sunday Times travel and books pages and to Conde Nast Traveller. His work has appeared in a number of other international publication, including The Daily Telegraph, the Independent and Guardian. He is a contributing editor to Conde Nast Traveller, sits on the editorial advisory board of Geographical Magazine and has contributed to several guidebook series, including the Lonely Planet volumes on Egypt and Algeria.

He began broadcasting soon after leaving UEA, when he presented an arts magazine programme for the Arts Channel. A director of the independent producer, the Principal Film Company, his on-screen appearances have included BBC series The Tourist and The Thirties in Colour. Sattin has also presented a number of documentaries for radio including the Sunday Features Buying a Culture[7] and Travels round my House [8] with the writer Jan Morris, both for BBC Radio 3. Among the programmes he has presented for Radio 4 is "Crazy for Love: Layla and the Mad Poet" [9] for Radio 4.

Giles Foden, writing in the Conde Nast Traveller magazine, has called Anthony Sattin one of the ten key influences in modern travel writing.[8] Anthony has taught writing classes for UEA?Guardian Masterclasses [10] and the How To Academy [11] among others.


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