Cleopatra's Wedding Present is the rare book that captivates its reader from the very first page. Tewdwr Moss, a brilliant young writer who was murdered in London the day he finished the book, left this lyrical gem as his legacy. He adeptly captures an essence of the Middle East that is foreign to most of us, but which becomes real with his astute observations of the region's culture and explosive politics. He conveys what so many westerners find both fascinating and frightening in the Middle East, making no attempt to mask circumstances that are appalling and dangerous while also exotic and beautiful. And sometimes, very funny. Like the best travel books, Robert Tewdwr Moss's memoir of his travels through Syria is a profoundly telling vivisection of Middle Eastern society, a chilling history of ethnic crimes, a picaresque adventure story, a purely entertaining travelogue, and a poignant romance.
'A gripping, hard-edged, and highly entertaining travelogue, borne up by a journalist's eye for stories and a traveller's love of the random experience' Independent on Sunday 'Tewdwr Moss's intense, evocative account of his travels through Syria is a perfect book of its kind' Times Literary Supplement 'A small masterpiece and a delicate work of English whimsy' Sunday Times 'The book's series of entertaining vignettes is testimony not only to the author's literary skills but to his courage, curiosity and happy knack of befriending anyone he met' Mail on Sunday
Until his untimely death in 1996 Robert Tewdwr Moss was a journalist of astonishing versatility. He first made his mark as Diary Editor of the Books section of The Sunday Times. He also contributed to magazines as varied as Tatler, Woman's Journal, Harpers and Queen and Africa Events. He was born in 1961. He completed this book on the day he died.