Sahara is an account in verse of a journey by four intrepid travellers – including George – through the interior of Libya to Akakus, in search of ancient rock drawings.
Skilfully composed stanzas combine traditional form with modern sensibility, literary allusion and descriptions of the Libyan desert in an absorbing fast-moving narrative.
These poems are enhanced by the beautiful pen and ink drawings of Emily Johns.
So what did you do in Libya?” They’ll say
On our return, the three of us – and George.
“Did you ride camels on the dunes all day,
And bivouac at night in some grey gorge?
Paul McDonagh, Echoes of Gilgamesh
SAHARA has a scale and charm that could lead many to compare it with 'Childe Harold's Pilgrimage', yet it reads and feels like a very contemporary piece of verse, combining a controlled sentence structure with an underlying gentle and modern comic strand.'