I was fairly critical in an earlier post about a biography of Wilfred Thesiger the traveller and explorer. Fortunately I was able to read his book Arabian Sands recently. What a revelation. Thesiger is a great travel writer and this book is well worth a look. It comes close in the vividness of the authors’ experiences to Sir Ernest Shackleton’s book South the latter being my all time favourite piece of travel writing. Forget the biography. Read about the man in his own words!