Travel writing, journalism and essays from more than ten years of exploring the Middle East.
Compassionate, engaged and observant, Matthew Teller listens to people.
In 27 stories from thirteen countries, he takes us from the heart of the region’s biggest cities – Cairo, Riyadh, Dubai – to the furthest reaches of deserts and mountains in a quest for personal connections and human understanding.
Author and documentary-maker Teller carries us along with beautiful writing about unique people and places. Track the fabled Arabian oryx from the edge of extinction to a celebrated return to its natural habitats. Explore the legendary souks of pre-war Damascus and Aleppo on a Syrian food tour like no other. Climb the peaks of Iraqi Kurdistan to discover an ancient citadel reinventing itself for the 21st century.
In Kuwait he meets a community pushed to the edge of society. In Jordan he spends time with a master winemaker.
Teller introduces marginalised communities of Egypt on a River Nile journey that breaks new ground, and hears from Qataris, Palestinians and Omanis who are pushing new cultural boundaries to bring change to their countries.