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Favourite Travel Books

Khalid Mir
 
The Road to Mecca
The Road to Mecca
"A wonderfully evocative account of desert life and how it is related to Islam. Profound in parts; lyrical intensity that is unsurpassed. Inner turmoil of inetr-war years."
The Songlines (Vintage Classics)
The Songlines (Vintage Classics)
"Brilliant flashes of insight on nomadism and restlessness. A vanishing way of life that itself now appears dreamlike."
The Road To Oxiana
The Road To Oxiana
"Beautiful, vivid, 'atmospheric' account. Written with a lightness of touch that verges on greatness. Architecture, geography and history: a mystical unity. Purple prose."
What Am I Doing Here? (Vintage classics)
What Am I Doing Here? (Vintage classics)
"Delightful summoning up of the bizarre and weird; winged horses and Li Po, Malevich and Islamic monotheism: the strangeness of the world"
The Orientalist: In Search of a Man caught between East and West
The Orientalist: In Search of a Man caught between East and West
"Seemy review here or a fuller version on my blog: http://bagginsandco.blogspot.com"
Desert, Marsh & Mountain
Desert, Marsh & Mountain
"Stunning photographs (but see Visons of a Nomad); Nostalgic trek through a disappearing world studded with poignant recollections"
Wind, Sand and Stars (Penguin Modern Classics)
Wind, Sand and Stars (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Superlative drawing of a heroic world; mesmerizing and translucent writing, full of compassion and wisdom"