• The Sultan's Shadow, One Family's Rule at the Crossroads of East and West, by Christiane Beard.   

  • Travels in Arabia Deserta by Charles Doughty.  An absolute classic and most beautifully written. Recommend to everyone to read.

  • In the service of the Sultan by Ian Gardiner.  On the Dhofar (in the south) insurgency of the 70’s and early 80’s.

  • The Wind of Morning by Sir Hugh Boustead. Another classic general read.

  • Rub al Khali (Empty Quarter) by Dr Abdulaziz al Obaida.  Coffee table book.

  • Where Soldiers Fear to Tread by Ranulph Fiennes. Largely true – there are some exaggerations in this book, as is his way.

  • Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger. A classic. Focus’s on his travels across the Empty Quarter in the late 40’s.

  • Oman, Culture and Diplomacy by Jeremy Jones and Nicholas Ridout.

  • A History of Modern Oman by Jeremy Jones.

  • Oman Under Arabian Skies by Rory Patrick Allen.

  • Portrait of Islam: A Journey through the Muslim World by Robert Laurance.

  • Gertrude Bell:  Queen of the Desert by Georgina Howell.  Even though not Oman specific, a fascinating woman and overview of an epic.

  • Oman Off-Road by Explorer.  A practical guide to off-roading in Oman.  A sort of book you need to have in your car if you want to go where no man has gone before.  

  • Oman The Complete Resident's Guide by Explorer is an excellent pocket guide

  • The Lonely Planet Oman Jenny Walker has lived in Oman for twenty years and knows it.