The next choice in my list of favourite books is The Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E.Lawrence. In many ways it is the ultimate travel book because it reads more like a travel book than a story of a military campaign. His descriptions of the Arabs and their lives are extraordinarily vivid and he draws you into their world in such a detailed and intimate way. I skipped over the gruesome and nasty parts a bit but reading this I get the feeling that Lawrence may have left the desert but the desert never left him.
This is a travel log, a boy’s own adventure story, a military campaign book, a dark thriller, an inspirational story and a tragedy all rolled into one.