The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif

The Map of Love

Ahdaf Soueif

Totally absorbing. If you let it, this book will take you to Egypt in 1900. At the same time, modern events in the middle east take place in the context of their history. If you like romance you'll find it here but if you like gritty realism and politics you'll find that too.


16 March 1901.

Tonight we are camped a single day's ride from the Monastery of St. Catherine and in full view of the mountains of Sinai. We rode, Sharif Pasha and I through the most spectacular pass, called the Nugh Hawa, so precipitous and narrow that camels cannot go through it but have to be sent the wider and more level route through Darb-el-Sheik. Sharif Pasha put the question to me: would I prefer the spectacular route or the easier one? And naturally I chose the first. He said, 'It can be done on horseback.' And since we have only two horses, we would have to go alone.

  • The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Whispers in the Sand by Barbara Erskine

Books with similar mood

Haunted Ground

Erin Hart

Black Water Rising

Attica Locke

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

Anton Disclafani

Sweets from Morocco

Jo Verity


Eleanor Bailey

Family Matters

Rohinton Mistry

Bitter-Sweet Harvest

Chan Ling Yap

Califia's Daughters

Leigh Richards

Napoleon: The Song of Departure

Max Gallo

In the Full Light of the Sun

Clare Clark


Frances Greenslade

Small Island

Andrea Levy

Human Capital

Stephen Amidon


Jussi Adler-Olsen

Faithful Place

Tana French

Spear of Destiny

Daniel Easterman

My Enemy's Cradle

Sara Young

The White Family

Maggie Gee

Spike It!

Chris Niles

The Lizard Cage

Karen Connelly

Water for Elephants

Sara Gruen

The Fire Sermon

Francesca Haig


Min Jin Lee

The Words in my Hand

Guinevere Glasfurd

The Painted Bridge

Wendy Wallace

A Different Sky

Meira Chand

The Information Officer

Mark Mills

The Outcast

Sadie Jones

Random Acts of Heroic Love

Danny Scheinmann

The Book Thief

Markus Zusak

I'll Go to Bed at Noon

Gerard Woodward


Adam Baron

Under an English Heaven

Robert Radcliffe

The Hate You Give

Angie Thomas

To the Bright Edge of the World

Eowyn Ivey

The Girls

Emma Cline

Nanjing 1937: A Love Story

Ye Zhaoyan

The Blood of Flowers

Anita Amirrezvani

An Unravelling

Elske Rahill

The King

Kader Abdolah

Valentine Grey

Sandi Toksvig

A Walk Across the Sun

Corban Addison

The House of Dust

Paul Johnston


Joanne Harris


Angie Cruz


Mira Grant

Working for the Devil

Lilith Saintcrow


Orhan Pamuk