Although Edwards is perhaps not a name familiar to many of us, he was a major figure in Egyptology and the work of the British Museum both in Britain and overseas, from the 1940s onwards. His book Pyramids of Egypt was reprinted time and again, a fact that reflects the importance and popularity of his work. This autobiography describes his early life and childhood, his developing interest and schooling in Egyptology and his career at the British Museum. Among his major achievements whilst working for the BM was obtaining permission from the Egyptian government to bring the Tutankhamun exhibition to Britain. His travels throughout Egypt and the rest of Africa, his experiences in the Near East during the war, the expeditions he joined as part of the Egyptian Exploration Society and the encounters he had with influential archaeologists and political figures, are all recounted from memory. His readable style and attention to detail, often recounting conversations word-for-word, make this a highly entertaining read.
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