Author(s): Freya Stark
In 1934 Freya Stark travelled alone to the Hadhramaut in what is now Yemen. Then, it was a little-known country torn by tribal warfare, but it had once been the centre of the hugely profitable incense trade. Freya's aim was to trace the old incense road to the coast. An Arabic speaker, she was able to travel with tribesmen, accept hospitality from sultans and Arab chiefs, and even study harem life. Here, she gives us her first-hand experience of an ancient world that has all but gone.
Freya Stark was one of the greatest women travellers of the 20th century, and also one of the finest travel writers. She inspired a whole generation who followed her. In The Southern Gates of Arabia, she combines a sense of adventure with a unique eye for history and landscape.
'This book recaptures all the romance, beauty and primitive atmosphere of that still unspoilt Arabia of spices ... and the high-walled cities and little-known desert stretches.' -- Irish Times 'Extraordinarily rich and authoritative ... a book to treasure' -- New York Times 'There aren't many writers who rise so clearly above the teeming marketplace of travellers as Freya Stark' -- The Spectator 'Freya Stark unites in one mind the traveller, the historian, the philosopher and the poet' -- TLS 'The Hadhramaut is still unfamiliar ... No outsider has caught its spirit as gently and wonderingly as did Freya' -- Tim Mackintosh-Smith
Freya Stark was one of the greatest women travellers of the twentieth century and also one of the finest travel writers. She inspired a whole generation who followed her.