In November 1937 Freya Stark returned to the Hadhramaut during the fragile British peace. With some colourful companions and 81 packages, she travelled through the arid beauty of the desert until her company was marooned in a busy town in the interior. She met Sultans and slaves, bedouin and bandits, and spent her time exploring dusty forts and the ritual of the harem. She returned to the coast, learning the art of the caravan the hard way, but grateful for the Arabian version of solitude. This is her account of those experiences. Born in Paris in 1893, Dame Freya Stark is one of the 20th century's great travellers, and is the author of "Dust in the Lion's Paw", "Coast of Incense" and "Alexander's Path".
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'A treasure of rare distinction among travel books.' --The New York Times Book Review
'Here, for once in a very long while, is a book upon which the miser of superlatives may pour out his hoard of praise ... To read such a book ... is to be proud and thankful. For here is a lovely charity and calm courage, vivid gaiety, the strong peace of truth and understanding; and quietness.' --The Times Literary Supplement
'Her writing has wit and vivacity and no little beauty; I found the whole book enthralling.' --Christian Science Monitor
Freya Stark (1893-1993), 'the poet of travel', was the doyenne of Middle East travel writers and one of the most courageous and adventurous women travellers in history. She travelled extensively through Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq and Southern Arabia, where she became the first western woman to travel through the Hadhramaut. Usually solo, she ventured to places few Europeans had ever been. Her travels earned her the Founder's Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society and she was created a Dame in 1975. She received huge public acclaim and her many, now classic, books include Traveller's Prelude, The Valleys of the Assassins, Ionia, The Southern Gates of Arabia, Alexander's Path, Dust in the Lion's Paw and East is West. 'She has written the best travel books of her generation and her name will survive as an artist in prose.' - The Observer
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