Simon previously noted the appearance of Janet Soskice's new book, Sisters of Sinai: How Two Lady Adventurers Found the Hidden Gospels (London: Chatto & Windus, 2009). I finally got around to reading it in the last week or so and enjoyed it. It is worth recommending here not only because of the presence of two ETC bloggers (Dirk and Pete) in the acknowledgements, but because it is great on the atmosphere in both the Sinai and in Cambridge during the lives of these two great and unusual women, and on the details of the discovery and transcription and publication of the Sinaitic Syriac palimpsest. I also enjoyed hearing something about their own faith and piety.
It is not a technical book - I read it on the exercise bike not in the study. And there are a few detail problems (e.g. the section on the ending of Mark on pp. 212-3 has a number of rather glaring inaccuracies; and the whole discussion of the date and significance of the Sinaitic Syriac Gospel text is not much up-dated from the rather excitable statements of the original finders), but they don't detract particularly from the inspiring tale of what these two ladies accomplished. Incredible inherited wealth, independence of mind, life-long learning, provision for good theological education in Cambridge, and a passion for manuscripts - what more could you want? Oh yes, sordid petty scholarly status squabbles in Cambridge and beyond. I'm giving it to my daughter to read next (it doesn't look as if she will inherit incredible wealth, but the other things may encourage her).
I found this sentence interesting: 'The twins devised a winch-basket improvised out of the rope-netting that normally protected their camel equipment.' (For 'camel' I'm pretty sure we should read 'camera'!)