Wilfred Thesiger

Wilfred Thesiger, the last of the great gentlemen explorer-adventurers, became a legend in his own lifetime. This authorised biography by a longstanding friend and associate delves into his little-known character and motivations, as well as recounting the details of his extraordinary life.

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.

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