Books A Woman in Arabia The Writings of the Queen of the Desert by Gertrude Bell and Georgina Howell Paperback, 272 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $17 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleA Woman in ArabiaSubtitleThe Writings of the Queen of the DesertAuthorGertrude Bell and Georgina Howell Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers NPR Summary A Woman in Arabia collects the letters and writings of Gertrude Bell: Mountaineer, archaeologist, Arabist, writer, poet, linguist and spy who was instrumental in the creation of Iraq. Genres: Travel Nonfiction Biography & Memoir Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about A Woman in Arabia Review Book Reviews Queen Of The Desert Gertrude Bell, In Her Own Words August 12, 2015 Explorer and activist Bell is best remembered today for helping create the modern state of Iraq. A smartly edited new collection of her writings presents a fascinating (if not always smooth) portrait.