Alan John Villiers was an author, adventurer, photographer and mariner.
Sons of Sindbad – The Photographs

Sons of Sindbad – The Photographs

The conventional story of the West’s discovery of Arabia and its peoples has been dominated by a celebrity cast of overland explorers, from Niwbuhr, Burckhardt, Burton, Palgrave and Doughty in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, to T. E. Lawrence, Harry St John Philby and Wilfred Thesiger in the twentieth. Villiers should now be given similar recognition of this exploration of a maritime world now lost to us.

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Sons of Sindbad

Sons of Sindbad

Sons of Sinbad … vividly documents the vanishing universe of sail in the western half of the Indian Ocean on the eve of the Second World War. … The collaborative introduction could hardly be bettered as an appraisal of Villiers’ life and achievement. … The authors contend that Villiers was the Thesiger of the Arabian Sea – a view which few readers are likely to contest.”

John Shipman, Asian Affairs

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