Island of the Dragon's Blood

By Douglas Botting

Format: Paperback

Vivid account of Douglas Botting's postwar expedition to Socotra, an island off the Yemen coast in the Indian Ocean.

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In 1956 Douglas Botting went with a team to the island of Socotra, a dot on the map where the Arabian Sea meets the Indian Ocean off the Horn of Africa. Part of Yemen, it is a mysterious mountain land with a unique 'lost tribe' of Bedouin cave-dwellers and strange and primitive forms of animal and plant life, including the peculiar dragon's blood tree.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Steve Savage Publishers
Publication Date 24 Jul 2006
ISBN 9781904246213
Number of Pages 288

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'It really is a little masterpiece, a work of genius - up there, for me, with the travel classics, a wonderful, wonderful piece of writing - his island, a unique and remarkable place, so lovingly and warmly portrayed.'

- Mike Carter, Observer correspondent

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