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Selling Britain to the Arabs


John Julius Norwich Writer
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We then... as I say, we drove back to London, this rather eventful drive through Turkey, and left... went to see Artemis, who was very, very happy with my mother, and my mother delighted to have her, loved educating her just as she'd educated me when... extremely well, and while we house-hunted in London. And the house-hunting actually didn't take long, and the house that we bought in Blomfield Road, Little Venice, had actually belonged to the father of one of the secretaries in the British Embassy Beirut, which is quite an extraordinary coincidence – Commander Leslie. And we moved into temporary accommodation for a bit, I think, while workmen were in, and then moved into the house which I was to occupy for the next 56 years.

John Julius Norwich (1929-2018) was an English popular historian, travel writer and television personality. He was educated at Upper Canada College, Toronto, at Eton, at the University of Strasbourg and on the lower deck of the Royal Navy before taking a degree in French and Russian at New College, Oxford. He then spent twelve years in H.M. Foreign Service, with posts at the Embassies in Belgrade and Beirut and at the Disarmament Conference in Geneva. In 1964 he resigned to become a writer. He is the author of histories of Norman Sicily, the Republic of Venice, the Byzantine Empire and, most recently, 'The Popes: A History'. He also wrote on architecture, music and the history plays of Shakespeare, and presented some thirty historical documentaries on BBC Television.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: Turkey

Duration: 1 minute, 9 seconds

Date story recorded: 2017

Date story went live: 03 October 2018