Mary Chubb's recall of a season she spent in Egypt with a British museum group there on a dig has a true individuality and the mark of a careful observer that should make it a natural for the growing Gods, Graves and Scholars market. It was only by an entertaining chain of circumstances that the author inveigled her way into the group- by persuading the learned society that the leader for this particular expedition needed a secretary. She was young and in the process of trying to put herself through art school and her account has the gaiety of a delighted eye and the perception of a real student. John the group leader, his wife Hilda, and three other young archaeologists, Tommy, Ralph and Hilary, are principal dramatis personae- through the main supporting roles are played by Nefertiti and her brother Amonhotep I, whose city at Tell el Amarna they were excavating. The completely eventful winter there disregards nothing- from howling jackals, to the presumptuous American they innocently invited to join them, to the marvellous discoveries of gold and of a statue that were to crown their months-long dig. A special and rewarding item, this may do better than you think.