|Dr Patrick Seale is a writer and consultant on Middle East affairs.
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (the son of the Rev Dr Morris Seale, a missionary and orientalist), he was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, where he read Philosophy and Psychology; and later at St Antony’s College, Oxford, where he studied modern Middle East history and wrote his first book. He studied Arabic in Lebanon at the Middle East Centre for Arabic Studies.
He worked for Reuters for six years, mainly as a financial journalist, and more than a dozen years for The Observer (London) as Middle East correspondent, roving foreign correspondent in Africa and the Indian subcontinent, and Paris correspondent.In 1971 he set up Patrick Seale Books, Ltd. (a literary agency) and the Patrick Seale Gallery in London, dealing in modern painting.In the late 1980s, he decided to devote himself to full-time writing, lecturing and consultancy.
He was awarded a doctorate (D.Litt) by Oxford University in 1995 for his published work and was elected a Senior Associate Member of St Antony’s College.
He runs a consultancy on Middle East affairs for a number of international clients and writes regularly for Al-Hayat (London) and Al-Ittihad (Abu Dhabi), as well as The Daily Star (Beirut), The Saudi Gazette (Jiddah) and Gulf News (Dubai).
His books include:
The Struggle for Syria, 1965; new edition 1986
French Revolution 1968 (1968)
Philby, the Long Road to Moscow, 1973
The Hilton Assignment, 1973
Ed: The Making of an Arab Statesman: Abd al-Hamid Sharaf and the Modern Arab World, 1983
Asad of Syria: The Struggle for the Middle East, 1988
Abu Nidal: A Gun for Hire, 1992.
He helped HRH Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, now Assistant Defense Minister of Saudi Arabia, write Desert Warrior, 1995, a volume of memoirs of the Gulf War.
He lives with his family in Paris and the South of France.