Living among nomads and camels has given the writer rich insight and amazing experiences but hes also had to evade banditry and anti-western feeling
I was six when I first saw the Sahara sitting on my fathers knee, watching Star Wars on the telly. It stuck in my mind as the most remote, alien place on Earth (although at the time I thought it was a planet called Tatooine!) Over the years, images from the movies (a galloping Peter OToole, a burnt Ralph Fiennes) reinforced my romantic image of the desert.
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