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Speedy Motor: Travels Across Asia and the Middle East in a Morgan

Speedy Motor: Travels Across Asia and the Middle East in a Morgan (Hardback)

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In the summer of 1974, against the backdrop of the Lebanese Civil War, ceramics expert and Morgan sports car enthusiast John Carswell set off with his young family from their home in Beirut on an expedition across Asia and the Middle East. Their mode of transport was their beloved motor car, a Morgan 4/4 four seater, named 'Speedy'. Following in the steps of Ibn Battuta, their destination was the Maldives, where Carswell hoped to find evidence of the Chinese blue and white pottery which he was researching. The family travelled via Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, from where they sailed to Bombay (Mumbai). What followed was an extraordinary journey across the length of India to Sri Lanka and from there to the Maldives. Speedy Motor tells, with wit and sparkle, the trials and tribulations of one family car over several decades in the Middle East and latterly Europe. When the family were forced to flee Beirut during the Civil War, Speedy temporarily fell into the hands of Hizbollah but years later 'he' was reunited with his family in England. John Carswell's vivid account of a unique expedition and a much-loved car provides a vibrant portrait of a region in the grip of change.

TransportRoad & motor vehicles: general interestMotor cars: general interestTravel & MapsTravel writing Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd. Publication Date: 30/11/2016 ISBN-13: 9781784537265  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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John Carswell is Professorial Research Associate in the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, SOAS, University of London. He was formerly Curator of the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago and Director of the University's David and Alfred Smart Museum. He later served as Director of the Islamic and South Asian Department at Sotheby's. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, in his early career he worked on archaeological sites in Jericho, Greece and Turkey, before joining the Department of Fine Art at the American University of Beirut. He lives in London and Spain.

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