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Tim Mackintosh-Smith

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ISBN 13: 978-1-58567-001-7
Trim Size: 6x9

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Mackintosh-Smith brings us to a place we don t know at all and lets us in... Yemen is a book of irresistible digressions . . . he seems incapable of writing a dull sentence, and in him the scholar, the linguist and the storyteller swap hats with marvelous speed. Jason Goodwin, The New York Times Book Review

Arguably the most fascinating and least known country in the Arab world, Yemen has a way of attracting comment that ranges from the superficial to the wildly fantastic a country long regarded by classical geographers as a fabulous land where flying serpents guarded sacred incense groves, while medieval Arab visitors told tales of disappearing islands and menstruating mountains. Our current ideas of this country at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula have been hijacked by images of the desert, by oil, by the Gulf War. But, as Tim Mackintosh-Smith reminds us with this brilliant new book, there is another Arabia.

In Yemen winner of the Thomas Cook/Daily Telegraph Travel Book Award Mackintosh-Smith writes with an intimacy and depth of knowledge gained through thirteen years among the Yemenis. He is a companion of the best sort erudite, witty and eccentric. Crossing mountain, desert, ocean and three millennia of history, he portrays a land where men chew leaves and camels live on fish; where men wear pinstriped lounge-suit jackets on top, skirts below, and wicked curved daggers in the middle; a city that seems to have been baked, not built, of iced gingerbread. In this book, Yemen is a part of Arabia, but it is like no place else on Earth. Accompanied by etchings drawn from the life of Martin Yeoman, Yemen is an Arabian Grand Tour, a book in which every page is filled like the land it describes with the marvelous.

Tim Mackintosh-Smith s book on Yemen is a labor of love. . . . a splendid book. The Economist

[A] witty, quirky, gossipy, learned, poetic masterpiece debut. The Times (London)

A delightful and entertaining excursion into the history, culture and everyday life in Arabia. The Scotsman

Tim Mackintosh-Smith has lived in Yemen since 1982, earning the official title Shaykh of the Nazarenes. Steeped in the language and customs of his adopted land, he is both guest at the feast and fly on the wall. This, his first book, won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award.

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