How I write: Richard Boggs, the author of Hammaming in the Sham, his successful book on the Syrian Turkish baths

Hammaming in the Sham: A Journey through the Turkish Baths of Damascus, Aleppo and Beyond

Hammaming in the Sham: A Journey through the Turkish Baths of Damascus, Aleppo and Beyond, by Richard Boggs

From: Timeout Beirut

When I lived on the campus of Balamand University near Tripoli, I had over a hundred short texts that recorded encounters, conversations and travels as I bathed my way across Syria, documenting its hammams. I would like to say that I am a focussed and disciplined writer, but I’m not. With the quiet isolation of life on that holy mountain near Tripoli – the jackals calling across the hills at night – I had the ideal opportunity to write…

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