The Salukis in My Life

The Salukis in My Life: From the Arab World to China is part-memoir, part-travelogue, and explores in lively and unprecedented detail the history and significance of the Saluki across the world.

Indigenous to the Arabian peninsula, the desert-bred Saluki has for centuries been revered, and remains as highly valued today for its elegance and intelligence. Sir Terence’s own life and work have been profoundly influenced by this ancient breed. His commitment to the study, enjoyment and preservation of these ‘Companions of Kings’ has taken him far and wide and introduced him to extraordinary people and places: in Iraq and Oman (where he was British Ambassador), throughout the Middle East and across Syria, into Central Asia, Russia and China.

Beautifully illustrated with personal photographs, artwork and calligraphy, this book interweaves Sir Terence’s fascinating life story with the history of the breed throughout the region. His passion for Salukis is infectious – whether for hunting, showing, coursing, breeding or simply companionship, the reader cannot help but share the love.


Hardback, Kindle




6 March 2018


Sir Terence Clark


Medina Publishing

5 reviews for The Salukis in My Life

  1. Brian Duggan, Sighthound Review

    The Salukis in My Life is a like pleasureable conversation with Sir Terence Clark, who skillfully weaves hunting stories, diplomatic adventures, history (acient and modern), art and literature, and even saulki club politics into his narrative.

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  2. James Langdon, The National

    The story of the saluki, the world’s oldest dog breed ‘The Salukis in My Life’ by former British diplomat Sir Terence Clark tells of a love affair with a dog native to the Middle East.

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  3. Jane Waldron Grutz, Aramco World Magazine

    In this book, Clark tells of his diplomatic work, his travels and especially the joy that came into the Clarks’ lives when they adopted the first of their spirited, desert-bred salukis.

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  4. Lisa Kaaki

    In “The Salukis in My Life,” described as “part-memoir, part-travelogue,” we are left with enchanting memories of traditional hunting expeditions with Salukis, but we cannot fail to notice how relevant the old Bedouin traditions are to contemporary life. It is satisfying to read about the renaissance of the Saluki breed in the Gulf region, promoted by the younger generation’s enthusiasm and passion.

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  5. Pip Buswell

    This book offers us all an expansive and thoroughly rounded viewpoint of the beautiful, hard, wonderfully athletic and intelligent hound which we inthe West call Saluki or Gazelle Hound.

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