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MICHAEL PALIN'S caption to the photograph in his book "SAHARA": 'Tom Sheppard, doyen of the desert...a passion ...for this part of the Algerian desert.'; ' ...quick, elfin-like energy'; ' ...boyish ..' The one begets the other. This is the story of one of Tom Sheppard's journeys - and touches on a number of others. It's about the spell of space, big skies, the grandeur of landscape, the alchemy of light, the peace of solitude. Sirens that had called many times over the years. Now, for the first time, and to a tally of more than 100,000 miles of desert expeditions and overlanding accumulated over the years - including the first lateral coast-to-coast crossing of the Sahara (for which he gained the Royal Geographical Society's Ness Award) - Tom Sheppard tells the tale of one of his trips: his most recent ...The story of a solo, off-tracks Sahara expedition where he faced ...unusual problems: his maps and satellite images were confiscated in mid-Sahara. But he went on to complete a complex, demanding and, at times, hazardous 700-mile off-piste route to visit and photograph the extraordinary landscapes he was determined to see. A carefully calculated risk, not reckless buccaneering, executed with considerable care. With one or two nasty surprises. Told tongue-in-cheek - with humour, a passion for the desert, a boundless sense of wonder, a love of nature, technical detail - and accompanied by achingly beautiful pictures of Algeria's pristine Sahara. The design and production values of this book are exceptional, minutely-integrated text-and-picture placing and high-definition stochastic print. As Sheppard says, 'Not many in our 'Unh?-wha'?-nah!' society will even notice it .. , but the perceptive few who know books will permit themselves a nod and a slow warm smile. THE STORY: A solo trip in Algeria's remote Sahara is not to be taken lightly. Especially if it is off-tracks - not just off-tarmac. And plans to include a 550 mile sector between places of habitation. But it's what you do if you have tasted well, and know, the bewitching solitude, the beauty, majesty, and dignity of this extraordinary landscape and want to distil it further on camera. Such a journey is not about derring-do. It's about planning, taking it very carefully; being methodical - receptive and appreciative. Then it strikes. Lightning, sandstorm? No; Murphy's Law. Your maps are confiscated. Mid-Sahara. You are suspected of dastardly intent. You must have an escort. There is talk of deportation. Basically, it's all a bizarre misunderstanding. But with the smoke for a future no-smoke-without-fire situation generated and the likelihood this could be the last trip, there's only one pragmatic course of action. Tippy-toe respectfully around the obstacles and devise Plan 'B' - no maps, no guide and keeping your head down. For what turns out to be 700 miles of pristine, uninhabited desert; landscape of sobering magnificence. And that's quite a long way between fuel stations too. This is the story of one journey - and touches on others -told with humour, passion and a sense of wonder valued almost beyond all else.
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Previous book 'Four-by-four Driving': 'His writing is superb. The most complex subjects are explained with striking clarity and simplicity supported with summary side notes and... hundreds of attractive drawings and pictures. Most surprising is the quality of the excellent all-colour photography, which combines high information content with stunning locations and artistic merit.' (Daily Telegraph, UK) '... an inspired result... unusual distinction of being well written (clear but not condescending)... thoughtfully designed and beautifully illustrated. The quality of photographic images, sketches and diagrams is exceptionally high...' (Land Rover Owner International magazine, UK) '... one of the most comprehensive collections of 4X4 information we have ever seen packed in one place. Everything from the basic driving techniques to advanced winching in the elegantly laid out hardback. Beautifully scenic color artwork and 3D illustrations simplify concepts and communicate the ideas and theories.... Packed with technical information, we recommend this as required reading for anyone interested in 4X4s' (Four Wheeler, USA) '... the supplement to this book looks at new technologies such as Land Rover's Terrain Response and evaluates them against real-world criteria... Sheppard applies a seasoned cynic's view... and some of his conclusions can have you grinning and nodding in agreement.' (Land Rover Enthusiast, UK '... We are big fans of Tom Sheppard, here at LRM... a must-have for anyone contemplating taking their vehicle off road... packed with no-nonsense tips and very practical advice gleaned from over 30 years of 4X4 ownership... the accompanying supplement takes us through the seeming myriad of 4X4 systems, not just those of Land Rover, and cuts away the marketing-speak to reveal the truth.... this upgrade gives you the opportunity to get one of the finest 4X4 books yet written.' (Land Rover Monthly, UK) 'Serious off-road drivers will not want to be without this... typically thorough... Read this book and you'll know more than many an expert.' (Autocar, UK) '... an elegantly written, crystal clear guide to the machinery and its use.... writes with humour as well as clarity... some beautiful photographs.' (Evening Leader, UK) '... a section on towing which ought to be required reading for anyone thinking of hitching up a trailer... Thoughtfully laid out... written with a sense of humour. This really is a brilliant book to buy for anyone who drives a 4X4...' (Distance Rider, UK) '... a must... one of the finest 4X4 books yet written.' (Land Rover Monthly, UK)" --Magazines, newspapersL'autore:
During TOM SHEPPARD'S career in the Royal Air Force as a pilot and test pilot he planned, led and trained teams for numerous expeditions and operations - among them the first coast-to-coast crossing of the Sahara through the Mauritanian Empty Quarter for which he received the Royal Geographical Society's Ness Award. He has now totalled well over 100,000 overland miles on four and two wheels and has been a 4X4 owner for over 30 years. Between expeditions, he has worked for British Aerospace and been 4X4 consultant to a major international manufacturer. On this, the logistics and planning of expeditions he admits he is unlikely to ever stop learning.
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Descrizione libro Desert Winds, 2008. Hardcover. Condizione: Brand New. 248 pages. In Stock. Codice articolo zk095323245X
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