Books by Sheila Hirtle

Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Fascinatingly recondite, but also fairly deadening: scarcely useable or even readable for most pleasure travelers."
De Villiers and Hirtle (Sable Island: The Strange Origins and Curious History of a Dune Adrift in the Atlantic, 2004, etc.) team up again to tackle the long, knotty history of a metropolis famed as the home of fabulous wealth and Islamic scholarship. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Another finely etched portrait of a strange, romantic place from this accomplished duo. (15 b&w photographs, 3 maps, not seen)"
The longtime Canadian collaborators (Sahara, 2002, etc.) outline the natural and chronological history of a 30-mile crescent of peach-colored sand that still eats an occasional ship for supper. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A thoughtful history of, and popular guide to, the great African desert. (Maps, photos throughout)"
A fully versed and admiring portrait of the Sahara, by travel-writer de Villiers (Water, 2000, etc.) and Hirtle (with de Villiers, Into Africa, not reviewed). Read full book review >