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Karavansara Free Library: Nine books by Rosita Forbes


I was putting together my latest post, the one about the reading list, and I got back to thinking about Rosita Forbes.
Old-time readers of Karavansara will remember that I did a post about Rosita Forbes in the earliest days of this blog, basically because I am in love with the lady.
To recap: independent and adventurous, Rosita married young, divorced, sold her wedding ring and left for good. She did a gig driving an ambulance during the Great War. Then she embarked in a tour of the world with a friend, gatecrashed the Paris Peace Conference, did a bit of spying for the British, and was a pioneer of documentary cinema. And found a lost city in the Sahara desert.
She met both Hitler and Mussolini, and Gandhi, and wrote about it.
And she also wrote a number of travel books and memoirs.


And these are the books we are interested in, of course, because they provide us with the opportunity of seeing the world in the first half of the 20th century through the eyes of an adventuress. And an adventuress that could write.
And even better now that (mostly) the Digital Library of India has uploaded a fat stack of Rosita Forbes books on the Internet Archive – so that you can go there and download and read them, and what’s not to love about it?


So here it is, for the love of adventure, good books and Rosita Forbes, a selection of links1.

1919 – Unconducted Wanderers

1921 – The Secret of the Sahara: Kufara

1921 – Adventure : being a gipsy–some incidents, excitements and impressions of twelve highly – seasoned years

1925 – From Red Sea To Blue Nile, Abyssinian Adventure

1927 – Forbidden Road: Kabul to Samarkand

1939 – India of the Princes

1940 – These men I knew

1944 – Gypsy in the Sun

1946 – Appointment with destiny

Not a bad selection, what?
I hope you enjoy these books – and any comment is welcome, as usual.

  1. and why not start a new series of posts, called Karavansara Free Library – legally free ebooks, a selection curated by yours truly. Might be fun, don’t you think? 

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

14 thoughts on “Karavansara Free Library: Nine books by Rosita Forbes

  1. The good thing about this blog is i hear a lot of new things not known earlier. that keeps the enthu intact:)


    • Thank you!
      Discovering new things is one of the purposes of this blog – I discover new things writing my posts, and it’s good to know that my readers also like my finds 🙂


  2. Really interesting post.


  3. Great post! I didn’t read her books, but I will! 🙂

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  4. Amazing post thanks for sharing! 😀


  5. Interesting post, thanks for sharing! 🙂
    I actually haven’t even heard of Rosita Forbes before, but your post gave me an inspiration to check her out. Thank you! 🙂



  6. Wow, Rosita did a lot during her lifetime, must have been interesting to have met Hitler, Mussolini and Gandhi. Will put her memoirs on my reading list, thanks.


  7. Excellent selection Davide! I’ll start with Unconducted Wanderers and The Secret of the Sahara: Kufara this Sunday. Really excited to have something new to read for next week.


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