Peter Frankopan

Bookstall by the Seine

The joy of books

The joy of reading does not emerge in silent reflection, grand old libraries and the hallowed halls of academe. It’s something more elemental than that – books are like keys in a lock that can turn to open doors into new places.

The Sahara by armchair

Reading the Andalusian Arab writer al-Bakri is to go on a magnificent journey through harsh deserts and lands rich in gold watched over by quixotic local rulers.

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