This book, which has the sub-title ‘The Rise and Fall of the House of Glaoua 1893-1956’, is set in the medieval city of Marrakesh. It tells the tale of ambitious warlord brothers from the High Atlas Mountains and their rise to great power in Morocco in the early 20th century. A page-turner, Maxwell balances ostentation, mystery and terror in equal measure.
Lords of the Atlas was first published in 1966, then again by the British publishing house Eland in 2004. The Publisher, Barnaby Rogerson, has this to say about the book:
“Beware, ‘Lords of the Atlas’ can instil a desperate craving for Morocco and the red-walled city of Marrakech. I drunk too deeply, too young, from a magic potion composed of Gavin Maxwell’s ‘Lords of the Atlas’ and Delacroix’s ‘Arab Tax’, and have been obsessed by Morocco ever since.”
You can read an extract of the book here: http://www.travelbooks.co.uk/extract.asp?id=71