We were delighted to hear that Gertrude Bell, archaeologist, spy, Arabist, linguist, author, poet, photographer, mountaineer and nation builder, was to be the subject of a feature length documentary, narrated by Tilda Swinton 

Letters from Baghdad tells the extraordinary and dramatic story of Gertrude Bell, the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day. She shaped the modern Middle East after World War I in ways that still reverberate today. More influential than her friend and colleague Lawrence of Arabia, Bell helped draw the borders of Iraq and established the Iraq Museum. Why has she been written out of history?

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Letters from Baghdad​ is released in the UK on Friday 21st April 2017. For further information and screenings visit www.lettersfrombaghdadthemovie.com.

You can find out more about the extraordinary life of Gertrude Bell, in Georgina Howell's critically acclaimed biography Queen of the Desert

Vividly told and impeccably researched, drawing on Gertrude's own writings, this is a compelling portrait of a woman who transcended the restrictions of her class and age and in so doing created a remarkable and enduring legacy.

'Riveting ... few women have had a life more worth reading about.' - Diana Athill, Literary Review

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