Banipal Book Club Meeting: For the last Book Club meeting of the year, the group will consider 'In the Spider's Room' by Muhammad Abdelnabi and translated by Jonathan Wright, who will be present and joining in the discussion. The book is about Hani, a young man in Egypt, who endures a seven-month nightmare as he was swept up, along with fifty other men, in the infamous Queen Boat affair that targeted Egypt’s gay community. Finally free, but traumatized into speechlessness, he writes down the events of his life—his first sexual desires, his relationship with his mother, his marriage of convenience, and his passion for Abdel Aziz, the only man he ever truly loved. Please note that the Book Club meetings are free to attend but please RSVP by messaging our Facebook page or email [email protected]. Taking place 12 December, 2018 at the Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE.