Losing a manuscript on the number 22 bus

Losing a manuscript on the number 22 bus

The best thing about moving is saying “to hell with unpacking boxes” and setting off to explore your new area instead. That’s why we pitched up in the pretty village of Moreton at the weekend – to see the idyllic Dorset countryside where the legendary Lawrence of Arabia lived until his death in 1935.

We couldn’t visit Clouds Hill – TE Lawrence’s tiny cottage, now owned by the National Trust, is closed for the winter – but we walked through the fields and around the pretty churchyard in Moreton where he is buried.

Afterwards we popped into Moreton Tearooms (left) for a brilliant lunch. The café was once the village school and has deservedly won a stack of awards. It’s also a treasure trove of information about TE Lawrence so we spent ages reading it all. It was fascinating stuff and has made me resolve to read more of Lawrence’s work. But the one fact that stuck in my mind was that he rewrote Seven Pillars of Wisdom three times. Most writers...

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