Woman reading in Marrakech (Craig Howe)
List Words : Wanderlust Journeys | 16 February

Top 5 books about Marrakech

Looking for some literary inspiration? Kate Skillington suggests five great books to read before you go

1. 'Lords of the Atlas' by Gavin Maxwell

Considered to be the single best book written about Marrakech, Lords of the Atlas tells the extraordinary story of the rise and fall of the despotic Glaoua clan, in power from 1893 - 1956.

2. 'The Sheltering Sky' by Paul Bowles

Set in the Sahara desert after World War II, rather than the city itself, this acclaimed adventure novel was described by Tennessee Williams as “an allegory of man and his Sahara”.

3. 'Hideous Kinky' by Esther Freud  

This autobiographical novel by Sigmund Freud's great-granddaughter describes a young mother attempting to live the hippie dream, to the obvious disenchantment of her daughter.

4. 'White Gold' by Giles Milton  

An action-packed account of the North African white slave trade in the 18th century, based on the memoirs of a Cornish cabin boy who was the personal slave of tyrannical ruler Moulay Ismail.

5. 'Their Heads are Green' by Paul Bowles

An anthology of travel writing including Marrakech and North Africa from the celebrated author who swapped New York for Tangier in 1947 and embraced traditional Moroccan culture.

Kate Skillington travelled to Marrakech with Wanderlust Journeys