T. E. Lawrence

Tormented Hero

Andrew Norman

Date Published :
October 2014
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
32 black and white
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781781550199
Pages : 160
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock


In T. E. Lawrence: Tormented Hero, Andrew Norman sheds new light on the aspects of the life of Lawrence of Arabia that remain a mystery to this day. Lawrence’s sexual orientation is discussed in detail, including his dislike of physical relationships and it is suggested that he suffered from sexual aversion disorder. Evidence that he was beaten on several occasions at his own request comes from several sources and appears to be irrefutable. New light is shed on his fatal motorcycle crash in May 1935 and evidence is presented that it occurred in a different location and manner to that which is generally supposed. Photographs taken at the time are compared with the present day topography of the site to support this entirely new theory. Aspects of his life which are discussed include his relationship with his parents, notably his problematical relationship with his mother Sarah; his role in the Arab Revolt and subsequent disillusionment; his friendship with some of the literati of the day including E. M. Forster, George Bernard Shaw and Robert Graves; his love for and veneration of Thomas Hardy; how Shaw’s wife, Charlotte, became his confidant; and how he took Lady Astor pillion riding on his motorcycle.

About The Author

Andrew Norman was born in Newbury, Berkshire, UK in 1943. Having been educated at Thornhill High School, Gwelo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Midsomer Norton Grammar School, and St Edmund Hall, Oxford, he qualified in medicine at the Radcliffe Infirmary. He has two children Bridget and Thomas, by his first wife. From 1972-83, Andrew worked as a general practitioner in Poole, Dorset, before a spinal injury cut short his medical career. He is now an established writer whose published works include biographies of Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill, Thomas Hardy, T.E. Lawrence, Adolf Hitler, Agatha Christie, Enid Blyton, Beatrix Potter, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Robert Mugabe. Andrew married his second wife Rachel, in 2005.


"If you’re after a good primer on the Lawrence of Arabia legend and its many associated controversies or, if you have been away from the topic for a while and are looking for a short refresher, this is a decent little book that will bring you quickly up to speed."

- Over the Front, Spring 2015

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