Lost Oasis

Lost Oasis : In Search of Paradise

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'Last night my son wanted to appease me because of some annoyance he had caused. "Show me your desert things," he said, "show me your crystals and stones." However tired and grumpy I might be, he knew how to revive me. I unwrapped everything from its newspaper roll. The chipped flint knives, the silica glass arrowheads, ancient porous pottery shards I'd found in the Gilf, fossils, the jawbone of a gazelle, palm nuts so desiccated they were like stone ...' Robert Twigger's latest journey is in search of paradise: a desert adventure in the footsteps of seasoned explorers such as Theodore Almasy (the Inspiration for THE ENGLISH PATIENT) who tried to locate the lost oasis of Zezura, reportedly home to hoards of treasure, flocks of birds and a lush, verdant valley. The Egyptian Sahara is one of the most arid and hostile environments on earth. But it is also a wonder of desolate beauty, where in the ultra-clear light of the desert you can see for miles. Armed with plenty of water and a homemade wooden trolley (his Lada being too heavy for the sand), Twigger embarks on a desert trip ilke no other ...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 20mm | 220g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations (some col.)
  • 0753824051
  • 9780753824054
  • 857,234

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an amusing tale SUNDAY TIMES Twigger is such a charmer, delightful and poignant by turns -- Duncan Fallowell Daily Express Lost Oasis is very funny in places. But the jokes never obscure its wider, rather ascetic theme. This is a thoughtful book ... the true act of exploration is internal -- Adrian Turpin Financial Times Twigger is no latter-day Lawrence or Thesiger. He's much more anarchic - and funny - than that and this is an intensely modern book -- Justin Marozzi Sunday Telegraph Try to tie this man down - show him a far horizon and he's straining at the leash, writing with enthusiasm as he sets off in search of an enchanting mirage -- Iain Finlayson SAGA Full of little gems -- Toby Lichtig The Observer The rich vein of mocking self-humour that courses through these pages ... is refreshingly candid -- Barnaby Rogerson Times Literary Supplementshow more

About Robert Twigger

Robert Twigger won the Somerset Maugham and William Hill Sports Book of the Year awards for ANGRY WHITE PYJAMAS. BIG SNAKE was filmed for Channel 4.show more

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33 ratings
3.45 out of 5 stars
5 21% (7)
4 27% (9)
3 27% (9)
2 24% (8)
1 0% (0)
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