My Life and Travels by Wilfred Thesiger
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My Life and Travels
By Wilfred Thesiger

My Life and Travels

An Anthology

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My Life and Travels by Wilfred Thesiger

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An anthology of writings and photographs celebrating the outstanding contribution of one of the country's most distinguished and enduring travel writers, and the century's greatest living explorer. At the age of twenty-three, three years after attending the coronation of Haile Selassie, Thesiger made his first expedition into the country of the murderous Danakil tribe. Since then he has traversed the Empty Quarter twice, spending five years among the Bedu, followed by several years living as no Westerner had in the strange world of the Marshmen of Iraq. Later he made many mountain journeys in the awesome ranges of the Karakorams, the Hindu Kush, Ladakh and Chitral. After these varied and often dangerous adventures among fast-disappearing cultures, Thesiger settled down to spend over twenty years living mostly among the pastoral Samburu in Northern Kenya, until 1994 when he finally returned to England permanently. These experiences have, over the years, provided rich material for writings which express a romantic but austere vision, and for exquisite photographs which capture the spirit of a bygone era. This book contains extracts from the eight books Thesiger published to great acclaim between 1959 and 1998, most notably 'Arabian Sands', 'Marsh Arabs' and 'The Life of My Choice'.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780006552123
ISBN-10: 0006552129
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 130mm x 22mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Flamingo
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 6-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Wilfred Thesiger

Life of My Choice by Wilfred Thesiger Life of My Choice, Paperback (July 2008)

Wilfred Thesiger is the last of the great British eccentric explorers, renowned for his travels through some of the most inaccessible places on earth.

Marsh Arabs by Wilfred Thesiger Marsh Arabs, Paperback (October 2007)

During the years he spent among the Marsh Arabs of southern Iraq Wilfred Thesiger came to understand, admire and share a way of life that had endured for many centuries. This book provides an account of his time spent among them. It pays tribute to the hospitality, loyalty, courage and endurance of the people.

Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger Arabian Sands, Paperback (July 2007)

Wilfred Thesiger was born in Addis Ababa and educated at Eton and Oxford. In the spirit of TE Lawrence, Thesiger spent five years exploring the deserts of Arabia. This book narrates his stories, including two crossings of the Empty Quarter, among peoples who had never seen a European and considered it their duty to kill Christian infidels.

Among the Mountains by Wilfred Thesiger Among the Mountains, Paperback (April 2000)

Wilfred Thesiger, this century's greatest living explorer, recalls his travels among the mountain ranges of Asia.

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Author Biography - Wilfred Thesiger

Wilfred Thesiger was born in 1910 in Ethiopia. From 1930 he travelled through remote areas of Africa, the Middle East and Asia. His journeys and his books have won him numerous prestigious awards over the years. In 1968 he was made a CBE; he was honoured with a KBE in 1995.

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