Matthew Ismail

Biography

I am a writer of fiction and nonfiction who has lived in the United Arab Emirates and Cairo, Egypt for the last twelve years.

Writing, for me, is a way of engaging with subjects and themes that intrigue me, whether that would be the life of the Egyptologist Sir E. A. Wallis Budge, the discovery of the blues, mercenaries in the Sierra Leone Civil War, or espionage in Istanbul during the Cold War. I am interested in the experiences of people who live between worlds, whether as immigrants, in colonial or post-colonial societies, or Western misfits living elsewhere in the world.

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Books

Blues Discovery: Reaching Across the Divide
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,710. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Blues
The excitement of discovery and the passion for music can be a potent force in a person's life. Blues Discovery: Reaching Across the Divide (Revised Edition) tells the stories of half a dozen Americans who defied the dictates of segregation in the 1940s to the 1960s and followed their passion for the blues across the color lines.
Ashrams Unlimited
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,470. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Dylan, Trevor and Bambi work dead-end jobs in L.A. and dream of bigger things. When Dylan talks to some guys just back from a meditation resort in India, he has an idea that changes their lives: he’ll start a fun, for-profit, ashram on the beach in Goa, complete with guru and volleyball net. And when a friend finds them a loan from an unknown backer in Bombay, the fun on the beach has just begun.
Eternal Murder
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 89,080. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Istanbul, 1947. The Cold War has begun, and Kiva Deeping, son of an English Fascist, just wants to hide from it. Yet, a political killing brings MI6 and the CIA calling, and a series of bizarre murders involves him with the Istanbul CID. Tangled political intrigues complicate the investigation of the murders, and drags Kiva right back into the world he wanted more than anything else to escape.
Lord of Light
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 84,060. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
When a London antiquities dealer has a statue of the Pharaoh Akhenaten stolen by a rival, he hires freebooter Hugh Wilkinson to get it back for him. Hugh’s search takes him to Paris, Istanbul and Cairo, where he finds himself in conflict with dangerous smugglers, but also at cross-purposes with a modern cult of Akhenaten whose leader has his own interest in the Lord of Light.
Trevelyan: A Rogue in Cairo
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,940. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Cairo, 1901. Lord Mark Trevelyan is a confirmed rogue who makes his living selling bogus Egyptian antiquities. Lady Laura Blackstone is a recent divorcee who is attracted to Mark and knows she shouldn't be. When anonymous threats against Laura elevate into attacks, Trevelyan is in his element – and Laura's attackers are in trouble . . .

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