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Marq de Villiers was born in South Africa and is the author of seven books on exploration, history, politics and travel, including Water: Our Most Precious Resource (which won Canada's prestigious Governor-Generals' Award), Down the Volga and Into Africa: A Journey Through the Ancient Empire, written with Sheila Hirtle. De Villiers and Hirtle live in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.


'A fascinating, revelatory view of what still remains one of the world's least known and most misunderstood regions' --Anthony Sattin, Sunday Times'It is the writers' experiences with the people of this wilderness, so well presented here, that inspire awe...Michael Palin may have sexed-up the Sahara in the tie-in to his TV programme, but this book is the more satisfying read.' --Danny McElhinney, Ireland on Sunday'A fascinating portrait of an extraordinary place' --Michael Kerrigan, The Scotsman'I felt a real affinity with de Villiers and Hirtle as I began their new biography of the desert...To do justice to a contemporary understand of this desert, its long history and complex geography, de Villiers and Hirtle have been thorough in their research. With...broad perspective, the authors weave together the ongoing life of a desert that is forever changing.' --Nigel Winser, New Scientist

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