Immortalised in film and his own literary masterpiece,
The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Colonel
Thomas Edward Lawrence remains the most
enigmatic hero of the 20th century. Shunning
the Prince of Mecca legend he had created, he
constantly reinvented himself, by re-entering the
ranks in the RAF, then the Tank Corps, and for a
third stint developing high-speed launches.
His cover was soon blown, inevitably, as he
continued to attract headlines. His talent for
'backing into the limelight' continued to his death,
which has left its own mystery with contradictory
inquest evidence of the accident in which he was
thrown from his motorcycle.
Rodney Legg relates anecdotes and incidents that
portray a colourful life through a kaleidoscope of
places in which he lived. From Wales to Oxford
and Dorset, from 1923, he was always on the
move, both mentally and physically. Interludes
range from the New Forest and Epping Forest
to Plymouth Sound and Southampton Water.
Illustrations draw from a remarkable contemporary
archive as well as photographs of the key
places across England forever associated with
him. Clouds Hill on heathland at Bovington
Camp is the shrine to the public Lawrence but
a private Lawrence can be found in a mixture of
This handy, pocket-sized, hardback biography
provides the ideal introduction in words and
pictures to Lawrence, his life and the places
where his remarkable spirit can be felt even
Rodney Legg is a prolific author and
historian who has published hundreds
of country walks. Nationally he is
active in the environmental movement
having been chairman of the Open
Spaces Society since 1989 and a
member of the ruling council of the
NationalTrust from 1990 until 2009.
Imprint: PiXZ Books. ISBN 978 1 906887 88 9, hardback, 110x155mm, 64 pages. Published May 2010.