Longlisted! NOW SHORTLISTED!!!

Well, it got on the short list with some very distinguished novels (I thought George Alagiah’s The Burning Country would win). Of course Only the Dead didn’t win but it was an exciting and finally useful exercise: it attracted the attention of an enterprising London literary agent, Tom Cull of Cull&Co, and Tome is now busy marketing an espionage/thriller I finished recently: the Hormuz Concession, a book that draws a LOT on my personal background in the Middle East and in the international oil industry.. Good luck Tom!

Just heard that Only the Dead has been long listed for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Prize! Exciting and encouraging even though it’s a long shot. APRIL 3: now it’s been shortlisted along with 5 other very promising novels, and some well-known writers and media personalities… Very excited to have got there, not much hope for the prize given the fierce competition, but pleased to be in their company!

Only the Dead: a Levantine Tragedy

That is the title of my debut novel, published by Quartet Books (who did a stellar job at producing and marketing Renaissance Emir).  Do read about it at: https://tjgorton.wordpress.com/onlythedead/ (or click on the link at the top of this page).  The book is now published and available from Quartet, Amazon, Waterstone’s, Foyles, and of course at Daunt Books and other discerning bookstores!


2017:  another anniversary.  It is also the anniversary of the murder of Fakhr ad-Din Ma’n (my “Renaissance Emir”); all in all, not a propitious day for Lebanon.  Now the Deputies in the Majlis have voted themselves an undemocratic extension of their term, mainly because there is no agreement on a new electoral law, given that Hisbullah (Hizbollah or Hezbollah or Hizb Allah) have effective control of the levers of power in the country.


2015: forty years ago today, a bus full of Palestinians was shot up in Ain ar-Rummaneh, a working-class Christian suburb of Beirut.  I remember it so clearly: a beautiful spring day.  Not for those involved, and not for poor Lebanon, which found itself torn to shreds by millennial hatreds, the triumph of the worst, man’s stupidity, and other people’s wars.  That Beirut is no more, and is not likely ever to be.  So sad!

one small souvenir of what was: my book A Beirut Anthology: Travel Writing through the Centuries was published this week by the American University in Cairo Press.

Welcome to Ted Gorton’s Site


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Moorish poetry on the walls of the Alhambra

This is the webpage of Ted Gorton, author and translator on Middle Eastern themes.  Ted has also exhibited his photographs.  On this website you can see Ted’s biography to date, peruse his published books and read about one project that is in its final stages.  When you get tired of that you can look at some of his photos.

You are invited to add your opinions, critiques or random thoughts.  This website is under construction so please be patient and do not hesitate to tell us what is not working…  Why not start at Ted’s Home Page?