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Artemis Cooper's biography charts for the first time the extraordinary life story of the celebrated travel writer and war hero who was as renowned for his feats of derring-do as for his sumptuous prose.

The aspiring writer, on his epic quest across Europe, enters the Ottoman East.

Read by Samuel West
Abridged by Miranda Davies
Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

Release date:

15 minutes

Last on

Wed 21 Nov 2012 00:30

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