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In line with the latest Victorian Government lockdown restrictions, all Glen Eira Libraries are closed. Click and Collect is available. Please see our FAQs page for further information.

The Click and Collect service is not available on Friday 24 September due to the AFL Grand Final Eve public holiday.

 

Alexandria – The Quest for the Lost City

For centuries the city of Alexandria Beneath the Mountains was a meeting point of East and West. Then it vanished. In 1833 it was discovered in Afghanistan by the unlikeliest person imaginable: Charles Masson, an ordinary working-class boy from London turned deserter, pilgrim, doctor, archaeologist and highly respected scholar.

On the way into one of history’s most extraordinary stories, Masson would take tea with kings, travel with holy men and become the master of a hundred disguises; he would see things no westerner had glimpsed before and few have glimpsed since. He would spy for the East India Company and be suspected of spying for Russia at the same time.

Masson discovered tens of thousands of pieces of Afghan history, including the 2,000-year-old Bimaran golden casket, which has upon it the earliest known face of the Buddha. He would be offered his own kingdom; he would change the world, and the world would destroy him.

Join author Dr. Edmund Richardson on a wild journey through nineteenth-century India and Afghanistan, with impeccably researched storytelling that shows us a world of espionage and dreamers, ne’er-do-wells and opportunists, extreme violence both personal and military, and boundless hope. At the edge of empire, amid the deserts and the mountains, it is the story of an obsession passed down through the centuries.

Tuesday 21 September, 7pm-8pm

ONLINE EVENT

To attend this event please email: libraryevents@gleneira.vic.gov.au

Suitable for adults and teens aged 15 and over. Free event and bookings are essential.

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