Part history, part travel journal and part autobiography, 'Hotel Tiberias' is a journey of many layers and resonances, as Sebastian Hope follows the tumultuous story of his family's hotel in Palestine. / Sebastian Hope has written for many publications including the Financial Times and the Daily Telegraph. / He was runner up for the 1998 Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize. / Competition: Stanley Stewart, Robert Carver, Rory MacLean, Kevin Rushby.
Sebastian Hope was born in 1964 and had lived in five different homes by the age of seven. In 1986, after gaining a degree in English Literature from Bristol University, he set off for Pakistan. Arriving on the Caribbean coast of Mexico two years later he decided on the toss of a coin to pursue a career in writing and photography. His travel stories and photographs have appeared in the Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph, Highlife and both Traveller magazines, among others.
Praise for Hotel Tiberias: 'Moving, intelligent, highly readable and occasionally extremely funny, this is a fine book indeed.' Geographical Magazine Praise for Outcasts of the Islands: 'What makes this account rise above so many others is the author's painful self-awareness! every step he takes is examined not only for its ethnological interest, but its ethical standpoint! We can't help but like this young author. Outcasts of the Islands rises above the oceans of books by eager British men having adventures in far-flung places by being about a subject - the sea gypsies - that only wilful ignorance of the world would make unappealing. Hope has us on his side from the start. And then he gently questions his endeavours, taking us on a second tortuous journey of justifying the very existence of travel writing. This second voyage is far more risky than the first! but without it, his book would certainly be less of an adventure.' Dea Birkett, Sunday Times