World in 22 Books
Arabian Sands by
First published in 1959.
This edition by Penguin Classics
Wilfred Thesiger spent five years exploring in and around the vast, waterless
desert, the ‘Empty Quarter’ of Arabia. Travelling amongst
the nomadic Bedu people, he experiences their everyday challenges of hunger
and thirst, the trials of long marches beneath the relentless sun and
the bitterly cold nights, all the while in constant danger of death if
it was discovered that he was a Christian ‘infidel’. This
book is his tribute to vanishing traditions.