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Freya stark british travel writer who is noted for two dozen highly personal books in which she describes local history and culture as well as everyday life many of her trips were to remote areas in turkey and the middle east where few europeans particularly women had traveled before stark had. Great lives series 19 episode 4 of 9 travel writer dervla murphy discusses another woman traveller freya stark who roamed across arabia and persia and during wwii set up a pro british . Unlike syria and iraq where europeans were well protected persia in 1930 was an independent country only recently recovering from years of lawlessness despite its apparent dangers freya starks romantic soul found an affinity with people who seemed to prefer poverty with freedom to sub colonial affluence