The Visitors by Sally Beauman


A book about secrets and revelations, The Visitors brings to life the mysteries of ancient Egypt – its pyramids, its kings, its gods and its profound fascination with the afterlife. It also unveils the world of the archaeologists and Egyptologists who excavated Tutankhamun’s tomb in the 1920’s. The story of Howard Carter and the legendary ‘curse’ that was said to befall many of those who entered Tut’s final resting place is told by Lucy, a young girl who is sent to Egypt to recover from the typhoid that killed her mother. Although a fictionalised account of events and people, it is clear that Sally Beauman has meticulously researched the subject about which she has written. The Visitors is a hugely satisfying read.

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Under the tablecloth, Frances’s hand reached for mine and clasped it. I knew what it meant, that clasp and the mischievous grateful glance that accompanied it: it meant I was thanked, that there were secrets here. I could accept that. I too had secrets – who doesn’t? Sent abroad to Egypt in 1922 to recover from the typhoid that killed her mother, eleven-year-old Lucy is caught up in the intrigue and excitement that surrounds the obsessive hunt for Tutankhamun’s tomb. As she struggles to comprehend an adult world in which those closest to her are often cold and unpredictable, Lucy longs for a friend she can love. When she meets Frances, the daughter of an American archaeologist, her life is transformed. As the two girls spy on the grown-ups and try to understand the truth behind their evasions, a lifelong bond is formed. Haunted by the ghosts of her past, the mistakes she made and the secrets she kept, Lucy disinters her past, trying to make sense of what happened all those years ago in Cairo and the Valley of the Kings. And for the first time in her life, she comes to terms with what happened after Egypt, when Frances needed Lucy most.


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