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Wilfred Thesiger In Africa - Alexander Maitland

Wilfred Thesiger In Africa

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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the world's most celebrated explorers Along with Sir Wilfred Thesiger's beautiful photographs--most of them previously unpublished--the essays in this volume explore and evaluate his lifetime of African exploration and travel, as well as, for the first time, his photographic practice and its legacy as a museum collection. Wilfred Thesiger was, in the words of David Attenborough, "one of the very few people who in our time could be put on the pedestal of the great explorers of the 18th and 19th centuries." Throughout his life he journeyed through some of the remotest, most dangerous areas of Africa, witnessing and photographing fast-changing cultures to great acclaim. During the 1960s he traveled extensively in East Africa, and from 1978 he spent the greater part of each year living among the pastoral Samburu in Kenya, until retiring to England in 1994. His books, including "Arabian Sands" and "The Marsh Arabs," have been hailed as classics of modern travel writing. Here in this collection, Thesiger is featured in conversation with David Attenborough, while other contributors include Benedict Allen, Jeremy Coote, Elizabeth Edwards, and Schuyler Jones. Published to coincide with the centenary of Wilfred Thesiger's birth in Ethiopia in 1910, this book is a moving celebration of Thesiger's enduring relationship to the continent, and his fascination with its peoples and landscapes.

Reviews for `Wilfred Thesiger: The Life of the Great Explorer' by Alex Maitland

`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

ISBN: 9780007325245
ISBN-10: 000732524X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 29th April 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 24.7  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 1.08