The Life of the Great Explorer
By (author) Alexander Maitland
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Wilfred Thesiger by Alexander Maitland
Book DescriptionWilfred Thesiger, the last of the great gentlemen explorer-adventurers, became a legend in his own lifetime. This authorised biography by a longstanding friend and associate delves into his little-known character and motivations, as well as recounting the details of his extraordinary life. Wilfred Thesiger, the great explorer-adventurer and author of 'Arabian Sands' and 'The Marsh Arabs', and one work of autobiography 'The Life of my Choice', became a legend in his own lifetime, but his character and motivations have remained an intriguing enigma. In this authorised biography - written with Thesiger's support before he died in 2003 and with unique access to the rich Thesiger archive - Alexander Maitland investigates this fascinating figure's family influences, his wartime experiences, his philosophy as a hunter and conservationist, his writing and photography, his friendships with Arabs and Africans amongst whom he lived, and his now-acknowledged homosexuality.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780006384076
(197mm x 130mm x mm)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 5-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Alexander Maitland
Wilfred Thesiger in Africa, Hardback (April 2010)
A unique collection of essays accompany Wilfred Thesiger's own personal photographs of the Africa he experienced as one of the world's most celebrated explorers.
Speke, Paperback (January 2010)
John Hanning Speke was one of the Victorian explorers and his famous achievement was the discovery in 1862 of the main source of the White Nile in Lake Victoria Nyanza. He joined the Indian Army, and after serving for ten years he joined Sir Richard Burton's abortive expedition to Somaliland. This biography offers a full-length study of Speke.
My Life and Travels, Paperback (October 2003)» View all books by Alexander Maitland
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.
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Author Biography - Alexander Maitland
Alexander Maitland was a close friend of Thesiger for forty years. He edited Thesiger's anthology, 'My Life and Travels' (2002) and helped produce Thesiger's 'My Kenya Days', 'The Danakil Diary', 'Among the Mountains' and 'A Vanished World'. He is the author of biographies of Freya Stark and John Hanning Speke, and most recently of 'Wilfred Thesiger: A Life in Pictures'.
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