‘The most remote, alien place on Earth’ – Nicholas Jubber on the Sahara

Living among nomads and camels has given the writer rich insight and amazing experiences but he’s also had to evade banditry and anti-western feeling

I was six when I first saw the Sahara – sitting on my father’s knee, watching Star Wars on the telly. It stuck in my mind as the most remote, alien place on Earth (although at the time I thought it was a planet called Tatooine!) Over the years, images from the movies (a galloping Peter O’Toole, a burnt Ralph Fiennes) reinforced my romantic image of the desert.

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