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In Afghanistan buried beneath Bagram airbase, a CIA detention site and wrecked Soviet tanks is the lost city of Alexander the Great. For centuries, it was a meeting point of East and West. Then it vanished.
In 1832, it was discovered by the unlikeliest person imaginable: a ragged British con-man called Charles Masson, on the run from a death sentence. Today, Alexander’s lost civilization is lost again. And Masson? For his next trick, he accidentally started the most disastrous war of the nineteenth century.
Edmund Richardson’s Essay tells the story of the liar and the lost city, of how the unlikeliest people can change history.
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Gateshead International Jazz Festival, BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival and Folkworks Pass It On Festival take place on the south bank of the Tyne this Spring alongside Sage Gateshead’s usual programme of eclectic and high quality artists.
Join leading thinkers as they slow down to examine The Speed of Life. Former Formula One racing driver Damon Hill OBE, Harriet Harman MP, former health minister Edwina Currie, historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes, author Sathnam Sanghera, poet Simon Armitage, songwriter Richard Hawley,...