The book I will be spending my November with, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Shiff, is called Cleopatra: A life.  I have always been mystified by her story and I’m always on the look out for a version that will take me as close to the truth as possible. And how inspiring to read about a woman who single-handedly ruled a fading but spectacularly wealthy kingdom at a time when Roman women, as Schiff puts it, “enjoyed the same legal rights as infants and chickens.”

Salon,  where I learned about this book, has renamed it to  “Cleopatra: Sex and Sovereignty in the Ancient World”,  which gave me another reason to give it a go.