Blood River: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart

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Grove Press, 2007 - History - 363 pages
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Published to rave reviews in the United Kingdom and named a Richard & Judy Book Club selection—the only work of nonfiction on the 2008 list—Blood River is the harrowing and audacious story of Tim Butcher's journey in the Congo and his retracing of renowned explorer H. M. Stanley's famous 1874 expedition in which he mapped the Congo River. When Daily Telegraph correspondent Tim Butcher was sent to Africa in 2000 he quickly became obsessed with the legendary Congo River and the idea of re-creating Stanley's legendary journey along the three-thousand-mile waterway. Despite warnings that his plan was suicidal, Butcher set out for the Congo's eastern border with just a rucksack and a few thousand dollars hidden in his boots. Making his way in an assortment of vehicles, including a motorbike and a dugout canoe, helped along by a cast of characters from UN aid workers to a pygmy-rights advocate, he followed in the footsteps of the great Victorian adventurers. An utterly absorbing narrative that chronicles Tim Butcher's forty-four-day journey along the Congo River, Blood River is an unforgettable story of exploration and survival.

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

User Review  - Henna Paakkonen-Alvim - Goodreads

I love travel books in general and liked this one in particular as this is not simply cultural exposure but rather a combination of history, politics and adventure faced by the author. Tim Butcher´s ... Read full review

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User Review  - Phil - Goodreads

Once again I was deeply impressed and moved by Tim Butcher's unique approach (journalistic-adventure-history-travel?) to the brokenness of our world, and Africa especially. Butcher's ability to blend ... Read full review

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Tim Butcher is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author. His first book, "Blood River", was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

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