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Join us as we travel around the globe, reading a different book each month with the Museum Friends' Time Traveller's Book Club, on the last Tuesday of each month. Free and exclusive to Museum Friends. We’re meeting on Zoom during coronavirus.

Online bookings essential. A link and instructions on joining the meeting will be emailed to you at least one hour before Book Club starts.

Book cover for ‘Natasha’a Dance’ by Orlando Figes, featuring a painted portrait of a woman.
Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia

Tuesday 25 August 11am–12pm

This book by Orlando Figes, Penguin, 2003 is history on a grand scale. It examines Russian high-culture and its concerns in the 19th century, and the tangled roots of nationality and culture. Figes outlines continuing uncertainty about looking west to Europe or east to the steppe. He explores how Russia's sense of identity if embodied in its culture, customs and beliefs.

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Book cover for ‘Our Friends Beneath The Sands / The Foreign Legion in France's Colonial Conquest's 1870 - 1935’ by Martin Windrow. The image features soldiers walking across sand dunes.
Our Friends Beneath the Sands: The Foreign Legion in France’s Colonial Conquests 1870–1935

We’re meeting on Zoom during coronavirus.We’re meeting on Zoom during coronavirus.Tuesday 29 September 11am–12pm

This gripping boy’s-own history of the French Foreign Legion in the Sahara is by Martin Windrow, Orion Publishing, 2010. This is one of the few accessible histories of the western and central Sahara, in this case, one framed around France’s military activity in this desert.

Online bookings open Thursday 3 September 2020

Our book club host

Our book club conversations are led by Dr Mike Smith AM. Mike is a pioneering desert archaeologist who established the National Museum's Centre for Historical Research. He is a Professor at Flinders University in South Australia and an Honorary Associate Professor at the Australian National University in Canberra.

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