This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Author photo. University of Iowa Libraries. Special Collections Dept.

University of Iowa Libraries. Special Collections Dept.

Rosita Forbes (1890–1967)

Author of The Secret of the Sahara: Kufara

Includes the names: Rosita Forbes, Joan Rosita Forbes, Rosita Torr Forbes

MembersReviewsPopularityRatingFavorited   Events   
1070121,767 (3.17)00
No events listed. (add an event)
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical name
Legal name
Other names
Date of birth
Date of death
Burial location
Country (for map)
Place of death
Places of residence
Awards and honors
Short biography
Joan Rosita Torr was born at Morton Hall, Swinderby in Lincolnshire, the daughter of a landowning family. He un-English name came from a Spanish grandmother. Rosita was educated at home. In 1911, she married Colonel Ronald Forbes, with whom she travelled around the globe to places such as India, China, Australia, and South Africa. Rosita was an intrepid traveller who enjoying going to remote or forbidden places, frequenting bazaars, and making friends with local peoples. During World War I, she drove an ambulance and received medals from the French government for her service. She and her first husband divorced in 1917, and Rosita remarried to Arthur McGrath of County Clare, Ireland. She continued to travel the world, sometimes piloting her own plan, and used her varied and exciting experiences to produce popular travel books and documentary films now considered classics, such as The Secret of the Sahara-Kufara (1922), From Red Sea to Blue Nile (1928), The Prodigious Caribbean (1940), Appointment in the Sun (1949), and, Islands in the Sun (1950). She also wrote the biography Sir Henry Morgan, Pirate and Pioneer (1948) and a volume of memoirs. Rosita Forbes was named a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. See also From the Sahara to Samarkand–Selected Travel Writings of Rosita Forbes, 1919-1937 edited by Margaret Bald.
Disambiguation notice

Member ratings

Average: (3.17)
1.5 1
2 1
3 1
3.5 1
4 1
5 1

Improve this author

Combine/separate works

Author division

Rosita Forbes is currently considered a "single author." If one or more works are by a distinct, homonymous authors, go ahead and split the author.


Rosita Forbes is composed of 4 names. You can examine and separate out names.

Combine with…


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 129,003,749 books! | Top bar: Always visible