I enjoy travel writing. It, of course, transports you to new places, but the best of it also introduces you to new ideas and the history which it contains often makes me want to find out more. In this case, I am intrigued about how Libya and Syria, vilified in our news bulletins, were once some of the most beautiful places on earth.
The Agatha Christie element is enjoyable, too. Leaving Torquay for Mesopotamia was quite a step. This shows how it changed her as a person and a writer.