‘Quiet, for a Tuesday’ is the story of a solo, off-tracks Sahara expedition where the author faced ... problems. His maps and satellite images were confiscated in mid-Sahara. But despite this, he went on to complete a complex, demanding and often hazardous 700-mile, off-piste, uninhabited route to visit and photograph the extraordinary landscapes he was determined to see. Not reckless buccaneering; a carefully calculated risk, executed with considerable care. But with a few nasty surprises.
The author writes well. His text has been described as ‘fluent and literary’. The story is told tongue-in-cheek – with humour, a passion for the desert, a boundless sense of wonder, a love of nature, technical detail – and suspense. It is accompanied by achingly beautiful pictures of Algeria's pristine Sahara.
The story finishes with some sharp opinion and – with signs of a light at the end of the tunnel – proposals for a Protected Area in the Sahara.