Blood river: a journey to Africa's broken heart

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Chatto & Windus, Jul 3, 2007 - Nature - 363 pages
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A compulsively readable account of a journey to the Congo a country virtually inaccessible to the outside world vividly told by a daring and adventurous journalist. Ever since Stanley first charted its mighty river in the 1870s, the Congo has epitomized the dark and turbulent history of a failed continent. However, its troubles only served to increase the interest of Daily Telegraph correspondent Tim Butcher, who was sent to cover Africa in 2000. Before long he became obsessed with the idea of recreating Stanley's original expedition but travelling alone. Despite warnings Butcher spent years poring over colonial-era maps and wooing rebel leaders before making his will and venturing to the Congo's eastern border. He passed through once thriving cities of this country and saw the marks left behind by years of abuse and misrule. Almost, 2,500 harrowing miles later, he reached the Atlantic Ocean, a thinner and a wiser man. Butcher's journey was a remarkable feat. But the story of the Congo, vividly told in Blood River, is more remarkable still.

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He's a great writer and a genuinely likable person. - Goodreads
They are pictures of courage, strength, and resilience. - Goodreads
Butcher's writing is dry, but engaging. - Goodreads

Review: Blood River: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart

User Review  - Aidan Williams - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book, mainly because it dealt with a journey in a country that is a bit "off-limits" is that makes sense. It was a fascinating journey brought vividly to the reader by Tim ... Read full review

Review: Blood River: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart

User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

Do you ever have a book that you struggle to get through, but find it hard to pinpoint why? Blood River was like that for me. I've read multiple books about the colonial history of Africa and the ... Read full review


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Tim Butcher has worked for the Daily Telegraph since 1990 as foreign affairs leader writer, defense correspondent and Africa Bureau Chief. He is currently living in Jerusalem where he is The Telegraphís Middle East correspondent.

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