John Ure has travelled with the Bedouin of the Arabian peninsular, the Moors and Tuareg of the Sahara, migratory pastoral tribes of southern Iran, and the Mongol horsemen and Tartar descendents of Central Asia. He also writes of the eccentric Europeans who sought out nomads - exiles from high society, like Lady Hester Stanhope and the Hon Jane Digby; adventurers Richard Burton and T. E. Lawrence; and, distinguished figures like Vita Sackville-West, Freya Stark and Bruce Chatwin, and oddities - a tetchy Consul Abbot in Persia, or two missionary ladies in the Gobi Desert. Often stranger than the exotic peoples they visited, John Ure brings them to life with practised skill and humour.
Sir John Ure, former British Ambassador to Cuba, Brazil and Sweden, is the author of, among other travel and historical books, The Cossacks and The Trail of Tamerlane. He writes regularly on travel for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, and has served on the council of the Royal Geographical Society and as chariman of the Thomas Cook 'Travel Book of the Year' panel. His recreation in Who's Who is 'travelling uncomfortably in remote places and writing about it comfortably afterwards'.