My Life and Travels: An Anthology: A Selection

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9780002571517: My Life and Travels: An Anthology: A Selection

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 23, 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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Praise for Among the Mountains:

‘A matchless portrait of a vanished world’
Daily Telegraph

Praise for The Life of My Choice:

‘One of the most engrossing life stories I have ever read’
Richard Holmes, The Times

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At the age of 23, 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.

As well as 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, this volume includes selections from articles, diaries and notebooks as well as previously unpublished personal letters. The latter in particular reveal a much more intimate style and show a softer and hitherto unseen facet of Thesiger’s character, especially in his relationship with his mother. The text is complemented by 100 of Thesiger’s most beautiful photographs. This is the perfect introduction to Thesiger’s work for new readers and a must-have for established admirers.

‘One of the very few people who in our time could be put on the pedestal of the great explorers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.’ David Attenborough

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