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Wilfred Thesiger in Africa

Wilfred Thesiger in Africa
 

A unique collection of essays accompany Wilfred Thesiger's own personal photographs of the Africa he experienced as one of the world's most celebrated explorers.

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ISBN 9780007325252
Barcode 9780007325252
Published 8 July 2010 by HarperCollins Publishers
Available in EPUB format
Software Read in Browser or Adobe Ebook Compatible Device
Language en
Author(s) By Maitland, Alexander
Edited by Morton, Chris
Edited by Grover, Philip
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ISBN-13 9780007325252
ISBN-10 0007325258
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint HarperPress
Publication Date 8 July 2010
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format EPUB ebook – ePub edition
Edition ePub edition
Author(s) By Maitland, Alexander
Edited by Morton, Chris
Edited by Grover, Philip
Category Photography & Photographs
Photographs: Collections
Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: General
Biography & Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
African History
Travel & Holiday
Expeditions
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Biography: Historical, Political & Military
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 910.4092
Catalogue Code 792860

Description of this Electronic Book

A unique collection of essays accompany Wilfred Thesiger's own personal photographs of the Africa he experienced as one of the world's most celebrated explorers.
While Wilfred Thesiger's own classic writings (including 'The Marsh Arabs', 'Arabian Sands', 'Desert', Marsh and Mountain', 'The Life of My Choice' and 'My Kenya Days') comprehensively cover his classic journeys amongst the Marsh Arabs in southern Iraq, or across the Empty Quarter in Arabia, they fail conspicuously to shed light on his character and motives, which have remained an enigma.
Maitland's biography had Thesiger's support before he died in 2003, and has been written with full access, granted to no one else, to the rich Thesiger archive - vivid, intimate family correspondence, and his own letters, diaries and notebooks which are far more confiding than his scrupulously edited published accounts. Maitland investigates in depth Thesiger's parents and family influences; his wartime experiences and the ethos of conflict; his philosophy as a hunter and conservationist; his development as a writer and photographer; his close friendships with the Arabs and Africans amongst whom he lived; and his sexuality. In all, this major biography of a great and unusual man will take its place on the shelf of outstanding lives of the great explorers.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'Meticulous research is illuminated by Maitland's evocations of Thesiger's affinity with a world characterised by desert romance.' Sunday Telegraph
'This book is a worthy testament to an exceptional life - and as an authorised biography it is also the last cry of Thesiger himself, someone who evoked complete worlds of brutal majesty now denied the rest of us forever.' Independent on Sunday
'Masterly.' The Times
'In his long and extraordinary life Wilfred Thesiger was compared to the greatest travellers of the Victorian age...Maitland captures that strange attractiveness, his undoubted love and understanding of a now-vanished world.' Financial Times
'What makes Maitland's book so worthwhile are the letters which Thesiger wrote home to his devoted mother Kathleen.' Spectator
'This thorough biography will be fascinating to Thesiger aficionados.' Mail on Sunday
'Maitland has done justice to an extraordinary subject.' Scotsman

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Author's Bio

Alex Maitland was Wilfred Thesiger's long-standing friend and biographer, and is the foremost expert on Theisger's life and works.

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