Michael Quentin Morton
grew up in Qatar, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi in the 1950s and 1960s. His father, D.M. ("Mike") Morton was an exploration
geologist with the Iraq Petroleum Company 1945–71. After qualifying as a barrister, Quentin spent over 30 years in a
legal career before concentrating on writing about the history of oil exploration in the Middle East.
In the Heart of the Desert was first published in 2006, he has written a number of books. Black Gold and Frankincense:
Photographs of Southern Arabia by the Early Oil Explorers, 1947-71 was published by the National Center of Documentation
and Research (now the National Archives) in the United Arab Emirates in 2010. Buraimi: The Struggle for Power, Influence
and Oil in Arabia, the story of the Buraimi dispute, was published by IB Tauris on 30 August 2013. His fourth book, The
Third River, Aspects of Oil in the Middle East, 1887 - 1979, was published by the UAE National Archives in 2014. He has
also written a number of articles about the history of the oil business.
In April 2014 he attended
the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair for a book signing of The Third River (English and Arabic versions) and Buraimi
(Arabic version). In April 2016, he again attended the book fair, this time to sign an Arabic version of In the Heart
of the Desert, which is also published by the UAE National Archives. Keepers of the Golden Shore: A History of the
United Arab Emirates, was published in February 2016. His latest book, Empires and Anarchies: A History of Oil in
the Middle East, is now available from Reaktion Books in the UK, Chicago University Press in the USA, and all good bookshops.
For details of the UAE National Archives' launch of the Arabic version of In the
Heart of the Desert, click here.
On 26 June 2016,
The National newspaper of the UAE published an interview with the author, details of which can be found here: 'The Gush that Started a Rush'.