Lawrence of Arabia has been much written about and is still an enigma. This anthology is ably presented and sensitively edited. The result is a body of text, with rare illustrations, that compliments other works, particularly the “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”. The secret and supplementary despatches offer up fresh perspectives. The story of Lawrence comes into fashion and then fades again, currently being in a fashionable period. This anthology will not only appeal to those interested in T E Lawrence but also those with interests in the history and development of the Middle East with its many contradictions and threats. An interesting presentation.