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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During a life spent largely at sea, the Australian writer Alan Villiers (1903-82) both lived and recorded the last days of commercial sail around the world, writing innumerable articles and more than forty books, many of them bestsellers in their day. Combining his gifts as intrepid seaman, writer, photographer, lecturer and advisor on maritime history and traditions, he built up a unique body of work on the world of tall ships that vanished during the first half of the 20th century. Sons of Sinbad, his account of sailing with the Arabs in their dhows between Arabia and East Africa in 1938-39, is regarded by many as his masterpiece.

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Dimensions 23.4 × 15.6 cm

9780954479237 (Hardback)

9780955889462 (Paperback)


1 July 2006 (Hardback)

31 December 2010 (Paperback)


Hardback, Paperback