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Author Biography: Freya Stark was born in Paris in 1893. She wrote twenty books, including Alexander's Path. After a series of sojourns in the Middle East that continued well into her eighties, she settled in Asolo, Italy, the town of her childhood, where she died in 1993 at the age of one hundred.
“Readers of Stark’s reissued works...will find a writer who endows everyone in her field of vision with the heightened interest that she felt herself.” — The New Yorker
"A treasure of rare distinction among travel books." — The New York Times Book Review
"Here, for once in a very long while, is a book upon which the miser of superlatives may pour out his hoard of praise . . . To read such a book . . . is to be proud and thankful. For here is a lovely charity and calm courage, vivid gaiety, the strong peace of truth and understanding; and quietness." — The Times Literary Supplement
"Her writing has wit and vivacity and no little beauty; I found the whole book enthralling." — Christian Science Monitor
Named one of The London Times' "20 Best Travel Books of the Past Century"
Praise for Freya Stark:
"...it is beautiful writing that encapsulates not only the history, but the feel, the smell, the sensation and sheer wonder of what she discovers... enriching and enjoyable." —London Turkish Gazette
"Freya Stark has rightfully earned a place among the greatest travel writers of the 20th century. I.B.Tauris is releasing [A Winter in Arabia] alongside seven other works, as The Freya Stark Collection. A timely reminder of an extraordinary woman and a fine writer." — Sunday Telegraph
"It’s hard to think of a writer in the travel game who most closely demonstrates the merits of Flaubert’s three rules for good writing: clarity, clarity and finally clarity. Re-reading her now, her restrained powers of description shine as brightly as they ever did, and they will continue to shine until the next Ice Age... Her books are more relevant than ever. Besides sheer enjoyment, one should read her for a fresh perspective on the intractable issues dogging Christian-Muslim relations. She was able to see both sides and what she found was similarity, not difference. The greatest woman traveller of the 20th century? I think so." —The Times
"Stark was a talented writer, her books are beautifully crafted and deeply knowledgeable." — The Lady
"This year's rich swathe of reissued classics includes the long overdue Freya Stark Collection. A Winter in Arabia, first published in 1972, offers snippets from her diary bringing to light her stay with the Yemeni of the Hadhranaut in 1937, before continuing into her solitary travels." —
The Scotsman 2010 Travel Review
"She was a vivid describer of scenes and landscapes. More, she was a connoisseur of people: she knew how to draw them out and listened closely when they spoke" — Claudia Roth Pierpont, The New Yorker