17 February 2017
Le Monde ran a review. "The portraits painted by James Barr of the diplomats and ministers involved in the Sykes-Picot negotiations don't lack spice ... a hard-hitting book".
10 February 2017
L'Obs ran an interview with James.
7 February 2017
Le Figaro ran an interview with James about Une Ligne dans le Sable.
2 February 2017
L'Express ran an extract from Une Ligne dans le Sable.
2 February 2017
The French edition of A Line in the Sand, Une Ligne dans la Sable was published by Editions Perrin. Le Figaro Histoire Magazine describes it as a "remarkable work".
22 January 2017
James spoke at the Jaipur Literature Festival. You can watch the session here.
24 May 2016
James took part in Al Jazeera's drama-documentary on the Sykes-Picot agreement. You can watch it here.
17 May 2016
James took part in this ARTE documentary on the plight of Christians in the Middle East. You can watch it here.
16 May 2016
James's article on the Sykes-Picot agreement was published by Al Jazeera. You can read it here.
James talked to Dan Snow about Sykes-Picot. You can listen to the History Hit podcast here.
James discussed the Sykes-Picot agreement with Tarek Osman for the BBC World Service's Newshour. You can listen here.
An interview with James was published in the French magazine, L'Obs. You can read it here (in French).
15 May 2016
James took part in ABC's Rear Vision programme on the Sykes-Picot agreement, with Rashid Khalidi. You can listen here.
26 December 2015
30 October 2015
Signed copies are available at Hatchards and Waterstones bookshops, on Piccadilly.
17 August 2015
"Anyone who wishes to try to understand why the Middle East is such a political minefield must read this book". Ivor Richards reviews A Line In The Sand for Sussex Jewish News.
19 May 2015
On the eightieth anniversary of T.E. Lawrence's death, James talked about the man and his legacy with Anthony Sattin, David Murphy and Scott Anderson for CBC. You can listen here.
19 January 2015
Former Irish prime minister John Bruton reflects here on A Line In The Sand, and the consequences of the break-up of the Ottoman Empire.
2 January 2015
In an interesting article about maps, the Independent's literary editor, Boyd Tonkin, describes A Line In The Sand as "gripping". Read it here.
17 December 2014
There's more French coverage, this time in the weekly L'Express which features a seven-page interview with James in its Christmas number on the Middle East. It says A Line In The Sand has become "bedside reading for all the specialists on the region".
12 December 2014
There's a new review of A Line In The Sand on Nonfiction.fr where Renaud Thillaye describes the book as "a gripping read" that "casts a harsh light on a little known story, that of the rivalry - incessant tit-for-tat harassment even - that the two allied powers indulged in over thirty years in the Middle East."
11 December 2014
James appeared on Chicago radio station WBEZ to talk about the Sykes-Picot agreement. You can listen again here.
4 December 2014
William Armstrong reviews A Line In The Sand in the Turkish daily Hurriyet.
27 November 2014
The Brighton Non-Fiction Book Club picked A Line In The Sand as their November read.
11 November 2014
Writing in the Times of South Africa, Andrew Donaldson recommended A Line In The Sand to readers.
17 September 2014
Signed copies of A Line In The Sand are available from the Southwold Bookshop, Suffolk.
16 September 2014
A Line In The Sand received its seventieth Amazon review. You can read the reviews here.
15 September 2014
James was a guest on Chuck Todd's Sirius XM show, Unscripted. You can listen to the conversation here.
5 August 2014
James appeared on BBC Radio Ulster's Evening Extra. You can listen to the programme here.
4 August 2014
James appeared on BBC Radio 4's The World At One, talking about the legacy of the First World War in the Middle East.
31 July 2014
A Line In The Sand was recommended by Deniz Gokce in the first of a series of columns on the history of the Middle East in the Turkish newspaper Aksam.
30 July 2014
A Line In The Sand has been quoted and reviewed in a range of international media recently. Read the Time Magazine, Wiener Zeitung, O Globo and Sri Lankan Daily News pieces or La Pagina Definitiva's review.
29 July 2014
Lebanon's Daily Star reports that Druze politician Walid Jumblatt gave Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah a copy of A Line In The Sand when they met after a gap of two years. A picture of the meeting is here.
26 June 2014
On Twitter Fergal Keane recommends A Line In The Sand describing it as "agonizingly resonant".
22 June 2014
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Liam Halligan finds "deep contemporary relevance" in A Line In The Sand which he describes as "riveting ... a sordid tale of hubris and eye-popping political skulduggery". Read the full piece here.
18 June 2014
David Ignatius writes in today's Washington Post: “The “line in the sand,” as author James Barr called the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement to partition the region, is dissolving before our eyes, and the primary beneficiaries are ruthless Islamic terrorists.”
16 June 2014
A Line In The Sand is included in History Today's July survey of books that help explain the West's involvement in the Middle East.
7 March 2014
Signed copies are available at Hatchards.
27 January 2014
A Line In The Sand was mentioned in an article in Der Spiegel on the First World War's effect on the Middle East. You can read an English translation here.
7 January 2014
The International Peace Institute included A Line In The Sand in its 2014 Reading List for Peace and Security. You can see all the recommendations here.
4 December 2013
More signed copies are available at Hatchards.
11 October 2013
James appeared on Fergal Keane's BBC Radio 4 programme, "Terror through Time". You can listen again here.
25 September 2013
Signed copies of A Line In The Sand are once again available at Hatchards.
2 September 2013
In an article on the situation in Syria, the Daily Telegraph's chief foreign correspondent David Blair recommended A Line In the Sand describing the book as "excellent".
29 August 2013
Signed copies of the paperback are again available at Hatchards.
28 August 2013
James was interviewed by Nick Ferrari on LBC.
11 August 2013
A Line In The Sand notched up its fortieth review on Amazon (UK). You can read all the reviews here.
1 July 2013
10 May 2013
Signed copies are again available at Hatchards, Piccadilly.
2 May 2013
On the Forces Pension Society website, John Moore-Bick reviewed A Line In The Sand: "I have been reviewing books for the FPS for many years but I have to say that this is the most absorbing non-fiction book of them all. ....James Barr presents the story of the French and the British struggle to undermine each other in the Middle East with the skill of a thriller writer and the balance of a judge. ...Without hesitation I commend this book most strongly."
15 April 2013
A Line In The Sand got a mention on the Independent's letters page.
22 March 2013
Signed copies of A Line In The Sand are available from Hatchards.
13 March 2013
Roger Adelson reviewed A Line In The Sand in The Historian. "History has long recognized Anglo-French enmities on the spot since the Fashoda Crisis in Sudan at the end of the 1890s, but Barr demonstrates how this enmity rose inside as well as outside the highest political circles in London and Paris."
10 March 2013
A Line In The Sand chalked up its thirtieth review on Amazon (UK). Read the reviews here.
1 February 2013
Irfan Husain reviewed A Line In The Sand in the Pakistani newspaper Dawn. "In our discourse on the creation of Israel, the Balfour Declaration looms particularly large. This has become the symbol of perceived British perfidy in encouraging the creation of a Zionist state in Palestine, and the resultant uprooting and occupation of its people. However, as Barr shows, it was not quite as black and white as this narrative seems to indicate."
23 December 2012
Ugo Tramballi reviewed A Line In The Sand in Il Sole 24 Ore.
15 December 2012
James Barasch of Tufts University reviewed A Line In The Sand for ULoop. "Anecdotal and character-driven, A Line In The Sand dramatizes the extent and bitterness of the Anglo-French rivalry in the Levant, while simultaneously evoking the chaos, confusion and avarice of mandate government. It is an easily-accessible and enjoyable work."
9 December 2012
Marion James reviewed A Line In The Sand in Today's Zaman. "Barr’s clear and brilliant writing is enlightening and informing about the past."
8 December 2012
James Barr took part in Alan Little's BBC Radio 4 documentary on Lawrence of Arabia which you can find here.
1 December 2012
Signed copies of A Line In The Sand can be bought at Waterstones, Piccadilly.
28 November 2012
Signed copies of A Line In The Sand are available at Hatchards.
22 November 2012
James Barr blogged for Waterstones on the mysterious "journalist" W. F. Stirling, whose brush with death forms the epilogue of A Line In The Sand.
2 November 2012
Silash Ruparell reviewed A Line In The Sand: see his novel approach here.
2 October 2012
Signed copies of the paperback are currently available at Hatchards.
12 September 2012
Writing in the Daily Mail, Peter Hitchens described A Line In The Sand as "one of the most instructive books you are likely to find about the stupid mess we have made of the Middle East."
16 August 2012
12 August 2012
Professor Keith Neilson reviewed A Line In The Sand for Mediterranean Quarterly, describing it as "an exciting and sordid tale".
21 June 2012
Signed copies of the paperback can be found at WHSmith Paris.
25 May 2012
Beirut's Daily Star has recommended A Line In The Sand as one of its "Best Reads for Kicking Back at the Beach" this summer.
24 May 2012
James Barr is talking about the book and signing copies of the newly-published paperback at WHSmith Paris, at 1900 hrs on 14 June. Email to register, making "RSVP Soirée dédicace - James Barr" the subject of your message.
18 April 2012
David Beechey reviewed A Line In The Sand on American Diplomacy. "I was gripped from the very first page. ... This book will absorb you. It might also annoy you, but you will be astonished."
12 April 2012
A Line In The Sand was reviewed on Small Wars Journal.
10 April 2012
James will be talking about A Line In The Sand at the American Library in Paris, on 25 April.
22 March 2012
Martin Evans reviewed A Line In The Sand in History Today, describing it as "excellent"
12 March 2012
Travel guide Max Blackston has reviewed A Line In The Sand. Read his review here.
22 February 2012
You can read writer Seth Lynch's assessment of A Line In The Sand here.
12 February 2012
"The compelling story of the Mideast mash-up": Glenn C. Altschuler reviewed A Line In The Sand for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
25 January 2012
David Holahan reviewed A Line In The Sand for Christian Science Monitor. The book is also one of the newspaper's "20 non-fiction books to watch for in 2012"
4 January 2012
David Ignatius reviewed A Line In The Sand for The National Interest, describing it as " riveting and sometimes haunting reading ".
2 January 2012
The Daily Beast nominated A Line In The Sand as one of This Week's Hot Reads.
28 December 2012
Harold Atcherley praised A Line in the Sand in an article for Politics First. "Today with a settlement of the Israel/Palestine problem as remote as ever, we need to understand the origins of “the Hundred Years War” in the Middle East. ... James Barr’s excellent book “A Line in the Sand” is essential reading for all those interested. It is both objective and well researched."
14 December 2011
A Line In The Sand made it into member of parliament Keith Simpson's renowned Christmas Ministerial reading list.
9 December 2011
Retired ambassador Richard O'Brien reviewed A Line In The Sand for the Dublin Review of Books. He describes the book as "history at its meticulously researched and addictive best "
4 December 2011
Signed copies of A Line In The Sand can now be found at Hatchards
27 November 2011
In the Sunday Herald the poet Tom Leonard recommended A Line In The Sand as one of his books of the year.
22 November 2011
Jay Freeman's review in Booklist described A Line In The Sand as "An outstanding, revealing, and disturbing glimpse behind the closed doors of power politics"
20 November 2011
The book blog, 2606 Books and Counting, published a review of A Line In The Sand.
18 November 2011
You can now contact James directly through this website.
11 November 2011
Professor Ben Fortna reviewed the book for BBC History Magazine, describing some of its stories as "quite astounding".
27 October 2011
A Line In The Sand is now available as an e-book.
24 October 2011
The Military Times published its review of A Line in the Sand. "This is an expertly researched and authoritative book that is easy to read."
11 October 2011
A Line In The Sand got a starred review in the latest edition of Publishers Weekly which judged the book "first-rate".
6 October 2011
Lana Asfour reviewed A Line In The Sand for the New Statesman, describing the author as "admirably in control of his material".
5 October 2011
The French website LES CLÉS DU MOYEN-ORIENT reviewed A Line In The Sand describing it as "detailed and precise" but also "witty".
16 September 2011
12 September 2011
Former editor Geoffrey Paul reviewed A Line In The Sand for The Jewish Chronicle.
7 September 2011
David Pryce-Jones reviewed A Line In The Sand in the Literary Review.
2 September 2011
Magdi Moussa reviewed A Line In The Sand in Al Quds.
1 September 2011
A Line In The Sand made the Evening Standard's "London Bestsellers" list for the second week running.
27 August 2011
Patrick Seale reviewed A Line In The Sand in the Financial Times.
26 August 2011
On Twitter, Jordan's ambassador to Britain, Mazen Homoud, described A Line In The Sand as "a must read".
25 August 2011
A Line In The Sand sneaked into the Evening Standard's "London Bestsellers" list, at number 5.
The Birmingham Post reported the book's story of the highly unorthodox tactics of British diplomat Gilbert MacKereth.
James Barr will be speaking at the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, on 11 January 2012.
24 August 2011
James Barr talked about A Line In The Sand with Rhod Sharp on BBC Radio 5 Live's Up All Night.
23 August 2011
You can now read Chapter One of James Barr's book, Setting the Desert on Fire on this site.
15 August 2011
10 August 2011
Metro names A Line In The Sand its "Non Fiction Book of the Week"
8 August 2011
You can now watch a short film on the deal that shaped the Middle East today
6 August 2011
The Times reported the book's story of the shooting of its correspondent, W. F. Stirling.
4 August 2011
James Barr was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Today
James Barr was interviewed on BBC World Service World Update
James Barr was interviewed by Nick Higham for the BBC's Meet the Author
The Birmingham Post reported on the repatriation of the body of Sir Gilbert MacKereth, one of A Line In The Sand's most intriguing characters.
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