Blood River: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart (Paperback)
  • Blood River: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart (Paperback)

Blood River: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 03/01/2008
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When "Daily Telegraph" correspondent Tim Butcher was sent to cover Africa in 2000 he quickly became obsessed with the idea of recreating H. M. Stanley's famous expedition - but travelling alone. 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 vessels including a motorbike and a dugout canoe, helped along by a cast of characters from UN aid workers to a campaigning pygmy, he followed in the footsteps of the great Victorian adventurers. Butcher's journey was a remarkable feat, but the story of the Congo, told expertly and vividly in this book, is more remarkable still.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099494287

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I picked up this book because I was interested by reading about a state in Africa that I knew next to nothin about. I was expecting to pick and choose the chapters that I read, as I do with other works of non-fiction,... More

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14th December 2010
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This is a surprisingly well written and thought provoking book. Tim Butcher decided to recreate the journey that Stanley took when he travelled along the Congo River to explore the Congo. The book mixes the journey... More

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19th March 2011
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“Blood River”

Tim Butcher's insane odyssey through DR Congo reveals the thoroughly depressing recent history of this troubled country. Although that doesn't sound like a recipe for a great read, this is entertaining, has... More

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26th January 2009
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