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    DescriptionAn 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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    Title
    My Life and Travels
    Subtitle
    An Anthology
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Wilfred Thesiger, Volume editor Alexander Maitland
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 122 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 299 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780006552123
    ISBN 10: 0006552129
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: TRV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.5
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJ
    BIC subject category V2: DNF
    DC21: 910.4
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1HFG
    LC classification: G463
    BIC subject category V2: WTLC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 13300
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJ, 1HFG
    Thema V1.0: DNL, WTLC
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MP
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1HFG
    Illustrations note
    24 b/w plates (24pp)
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    Flamingo
    Publication date
    01 September 2005
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    'One of the very few people who in our time could be put on the pedestal of the great explorers of the 18th and 19th centuries.' David Attenborough 'He belongs to an endangered species; he is one of the last, great gentlemen explorer-adventurers of our time.' Richard Holmes 'He dwells in a Homeric age of exploration and travel writing, an age before sponsorship and television tie-ins. He stands as a monolith against trash consumerist and trash celebrity culture.' Sara Wheeler