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Wilfred Thesiger : the life of the great explorer

Author: Alexander Maitland
Publisher: London : Harper Perennial, HarperPress, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Named Person: Wilfred Thesiger; Wilfred Thesiger
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Maitland
ISBN: 0006384072 9780006384076 0002556081 9780002556088
OCLC Number: 1059266429
Notes: Originally published: London: HarperCollins, 2004.
Description: xv, 528 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1 The Emperor Menelik's 'New Flower' --
2 Hope and Fortune --
3 Gorgeous Barbarity --
4 'One Handsome Rajah' --
5 Passages to India and England --
6 The Cold, Bleak English Downs --
7 Eton: Lasting Respect and Veneration --
8 Shrine of my Youth --
9 The Mountains of Arussi --
10 Across the Sultanate of Aussa --
11 Savage Sudan --
12 The Nuer --
13 Rape of my Homeland --
14 Among the Druze --
15 The Flowering Desert --
16 Palestine: Shifting Lights and Shades --
17 Prelude to Arabia --
18 Arabian Sands --
19 Marsh and Mountain --
20 Among the Mountains --
21 A Winter in Copenhagen --
22 Camel Journeys to the Jade Sea --
23 With Nomadic Tribes in Other Lands --
24 Kenya Days.
Responsibility: Alexander Maitland.

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"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."--Pub. website.

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