Front Cover Friday – 25

Land of Marvels by Barry Unsworth

Came across this book as I was browsing through the store few days ago. The cover caught my attention and intrigued me enough that I bought the book even before reading what it was about. That picture is just so fascinating, I think.

Here’s another cover for this book that I found online…I quite like this one too, although the one above remains my favorite –

Here’s the synopsis of the story

In Land of Marvels, a thriller set in 1914, he brings to life the schemes and double-dealings of Western nations grappling for a foothold in Mesopotamia (now Iraq) in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire.

Somerville, a British archaeologist, is excavating a long-buried Assyrian palace. The site lies directly in the path of a new railroad to Baghdad, and he watches nervously as the construction progresses, threatening to destroy his discovery. The expedition party includes Somerville’s beautiful, bored wife, Edith; Patricia, a smart young graduate student; and Jehar, an Arab man-of-all-duties whose subservient manner belies his intelligence and ambitions. Posing as an archaeologist, an American geologist from an oil company arrives one day and insinuates himself into the group. But he’s not the only one working undercover to stake a claim on Iraq’s rich oil fields.


I started reading the book yesterday and it’s so far so good. Can’t wait to dive deep into the plot!

Do you like the cover(s)? The storyline? Do share.


7 comments on “Front Cover Friday – 25

  1. BlueMist says:

    yup the first one is done beautifully.

  2. Like you, I like the first cover…

    Interesting storyline but somehow I haven’t been able to completely get into historical fiction.

    • Titaxy says:

      I like historical fiction, but what’s been keeping me engrossed in this book more than the fact that it’s a historical fiction is that it deals with archeology, a subject that I haven’t read before. It’s quite interesting so far 🙂

  3. the first cover is lovely! Let us know how the book is

  4. […] attracted me to this book in the first place was its front cover. As I read through the summary and realized that it’s on a subject that I’ve never read before, […]

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