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Explorers of the Nile: The Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure [Hardcover]

Tim Jeal
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15 Sep 2011

Between 1856 and 1876, five explorers, all British, took on the seemingly impossible task of discovering the source of the White Nile. Showing exceptional courage and extraordinary resilience, Richard Burton, John Hanning Speke, Samuel Baker, David Livingstone and Henry Morton Stanley risked their lives and their reputations in the name of this quest. They journeyed through East and Central Africa into unmapped territory, discovered the great lakesTanganyika and Victoria, navigated the upper Nile and the Congo, and suffered the ravages of flesh-eating ulcers, malaria and deep spear wounds. Using new research, Tim Jeal tells the story of these great expeditions, while also examining the tragic consequences which the Nile search has had on Uganda and Sudan to this day.

Explorers of the Nile is a gripping adventure story with an arresting analysis of Britain's imperial past and the Scramble for Africa.


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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; 1st Edition edition (15 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571249752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571249756
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A splendid account. --Bernard Porter, Guardian

A vivid tale of adventure . . . Tim Jeal's wonderful book is filled with anecdotes and brilliant cameos, which keep the narrative fresh and sparklingly alive. --Literary Review

'Tim Jeal's masterly book ... can safely supplant Alan Moorehead's 1960 classic, The White Nile ... Jeal also knows how to tell a fabulous story, and he lets old-fashioned epic adventure sit at the heart of his fine book.' --Sunday Times

'Tim Jeal's wonderfully entertaining and authoritative account of the search for the Nile and its consequences ... There is something intensely moving about the way in which Jeal has sought to restore Speke's reputation.' --John Preston, Sunday Telegraph

'Tim Jeal's gripping book pulls the whole astonishing story together. Many a red-blooded Spectator reader will relish it, and buy it, since it's as intricate and unexpected as the source of the river itself ... All the main players were British, all examples of grit, resourcefulness and courage on a heroic scale, each emerging in vibrant contrast ... How intimately Tim Jeal knows them all, and brings them back to life for us.' --Tom Stacey, The Spectator

'This engrossing book is a great feat, important not only for shedding fresh light on a tale of Victorian endeavour and pride but also for reminding us of the far-reaching consequences of European intrusion into the hear of Africa.' --Benedict Allen, Independent on Sunday

'Tim Jeal's masterly overview of the two key decades of exploration of the Central African lake district from 1856 onwards ... The complicated narrative is well told with exemplary scholarship and compelling lucidity ... One of the fascinations of Jeal's book and his account of this astonishing period of exploration is that it makes great efforts to strip away the accumulated myths and through this process we can begin to see these 'heroic' figures plain, to imagine them as they were to their contemporaries.' --William Boyd, TLS

'There are few greater stories than the race to the Nile's source ... Tim Jeal gives a fine reprise, bringing together in one well-paced narrative the interlocking Nilotic adventures ... its place [is] alongside the classics of Victorian explorer history.' --Tim Butcher, Daily Telegraph

'This brilliant book offers a new insight into the quest for the source of the Nile. Before imperialism ... men had more poetic and heroic motives for exploration ... There was an eccentric nobility in their exploits ... Jeal jolts us out of the standard stiff upper-lip routines ... [and] makes one wonder how any survived.' --Sinclair McKay, Mail on Sunday

'Tim Jeal's achievement in this colourful, fascinating book is to have found letters and previously uncollected papers which refute the accepted story. It may be too late to grant Speke a posthumous knighthood, but it must be heartwarming to his descendants to know the truth.' --Christopher Hudson, Daily Mail

'Tim Jeal's splendid new account of the Europeans who braved the 'Dark Continent' ... Joseph Conrad called explorers of unknown landscapes 'conquerors of truth' because they wove heroic myths about themselves. No one has done more to dispel these myths than Tim Jeal.' --Piers Brendon, The Oldie

'Tim Jeal's achievement in this colourful, fascinating book is to have found letters and previously uncollected papers which refute the accepted story. It may be too late to grant Speke a posthumous knighthood, but it must be heartwarming to his descendants to know the truth.' --Christopher Hudson, Daily Mail

'Tim Jeal's splendid new account of the Europeans who braved the 'Dark Continent' ... Joseph Conrad called explorers of unknown landscapes 'conquerors of truth' because they wove heroic myths about themselves. No one has done more to dispel these myths than Tim Jeal.' --Piers Brendon, The Oldie

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From Tim Jeal, author of the bestselling Stanley, the epic Victorian story of the search for the source of the Nile.

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mission impossible 24 Sep 2011
Format:Hardcover
What makes this book so memorable is the way the individual stories of these insanely brave explorers are told in dramatic episodes which combine to give a panoramic picture of the whole far-flung search for the Nile's source. Jeal has found out more about these extraordinary people than has been revealed before. Speke was no prim, cold fish but fell head over heals in love with a former wife of the King of Uganda and helped the Queen Mother cope with her period pains, her grief for her dead husband, and her excessive drinking. Burton was jealous and untruthful and so ill he had to be carried for months at a time, though later claiming he did most of the exploring during his time with Speke. Livingstone was egotistical and vain but also amazingly self-sacrificing and able to endure awful pain while travelling. The horrifying illnesses and privations suffered by the explorers as they struggled through jungles and along rivers are graphically described in this marvellously detailed account of one of the greatest feats of exploration ever attempted. There is humor too, as when Livingstone washes his hair with foaming soap and the watching Africans (who have never seen soap lather before) think he has taken out his brain. Speke often found that his shoes were of particular interest to people who always went barefoot. The vivid details in this book are as enjoyable as the wide sweep of it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Read 27 Nov 2011
Format:Hardcover
Explorers of the Nile.

After reading the very entertaining correspondence on the book which followed William Boyd's review in the TLS, I downloaded the free sample onto my Kindle too see for myself what the fuss was about. I soon realised after the first few pages that this was a book I actually wanted to own, so went on to buy it in hardback. This is indeed Tim Jeal's magnum opus; the book is exceptionally well researched and the writing makes for a compelling read. Both my son and husband started the book and were quickly hooked before I managed to claim it back. The stories of Livingstone, Burton, Speke, Stanley, and Baker et al are woven into an honest narrative, which includes much new information and a reappraisal of Speke since the last book on the Nile explorers was published in 1960. The Burton publicity machine had made Speke out to be a bounder and a cad, (and a sexless one at that) which Tim Jeal's researches have proved to be patently untrue.

That any of the Victorian explorers made it out of Africa alive is a remarkable feat in itself, as their journeys relied on political quick-thinking - as well as extreme physical endurance - due to the Arab slave-traders and their treaties with local kingdoms. Jeal extends the time-frame from the 1850s into the present with Southern Sudan and Northern Uganda. He explains how the boundary set by the British cut in half natural genetic ties between peoples which has gone on to create political instability in the two countries.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No stone unturned 22 Sep 2011
By Mrs. Katharine Kirby TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Having the ability to write definitive non-fiction that reads fluently and easily as a good novel, so comfortably carried off here, is a rare skill. Necessarily dense with facts and place names it was reassuring to find myself interested in David Livingstone from the start; we get to know him as he endures lonely, frustrating months in a hut while trying to heal his "irritable, eating ulcers fastening on both feet"; without his full team and the equipment required; feeling abandoned by his supporters. Stanley of course later takes up his quest, after their fabled meeting. Perhaps, unless you are already familiar with 1850-1870's, you will quickly need to latch on to the individuals in order to be swept up into the story. In the past, books have fixed on the geography and re-creation of this adventure rather than the characters. `Explorers of the Nile' is delivered fully-grown and well rounded. It is the many human and even some animal encounters that flesh out the narrative. I'll never look at my (inherited) ivory backed hair- brush in the same light. I now know what it cost.

The author owns his Victorians as intimate friends; he really is the authority on these fired up chaps. Are you already fascinated by this period? Then Tim Jeal is your man - you are safe in his hands. His impressive back catalogue is already stacked with the well-received Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer Livingstone (Yale Nota Bene) and Baden-Powell: Founder of the Boy Scoutsbooks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Adventure in Africa 14 Dec 2011
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Tim Jeal is an expert on the subject having written biographies of Livingstone and Stanley and here covers some of the same material.

He updates the celebrated Moorhouse books on the search for the origin of the Nile, bringing in masses of recent research. The characters are an amazing array of adventurers, each risking life in Africa for a variety of reasons. The book is reminiscent of a recent book on Everest: none of the locals had any idea why the outsider white man wanted to carry out this exploration at such cost and risk to life.

Jeal's hero is Stanley. He reinstates Speake at the expense of Burton and presents Livingstone as unsaintlike. None of them seems likeable but immensely courageous and driven.The brutality, racism and snobbery of the time is quite nauseating. Deaths are recorded like the loss of chessmen rather than the extinction of real human lives.

If there is a fault in the book it is perhaps that it tries to cover too much ground, bringing the story up to date in a pacy way but sometimes reading like a history textbook, rather than creating, as it does at its best, a real sense of what this kind of exploration must really have been like.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Too wordy
One my favourite reading area is that of exploration.This however was, sadly was not for me, far too wordy and I started to lose the will to live. There is much better out there
Published 6 months ago by Mr. P. G. Aylott
4.0 out of 5 stars pres
I got this book as a gift for my husband who really enjoyed reading it. this book is very informative & interesting.
Published 7 months ago by lollipop
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw Truth
How these men survived the harsh conditions at all is impossible to believe
Clearly presents the petty actions of some of the Nile explorers. Read more
Published 7 months ago by David P Gasslein
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book if a bit hard to follow
Rare to find a book that is scholarly, authoritative and well referenced and also manages to tell a gripping tale that is page turning like a good novel. Read more
Published 8 months ago by R. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Explorers of the Nile
Fascinating account of the Victorian rush to solve the 'last great geographical mystery'. It gives a fine account of the difficulties and terrible hardships the men (and one woman)... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pensato
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
The story of the search for the sources flows well through the pages. It was interesting to read a new perspective especially about Speke. Overall very enjoyable.
Published 14 months ago by D. Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Tim Jeal's EXPLORERS OF THE NILE is a noble successor of Moorehead's THE WHITE NILE. No earthly power can explain the unfathomable thick-headedness of the early explorers. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Boyd Hone
3.0 out of 5 stars Maps difficult to read..
I bought this book after it was recommended to me.
I found it very interesting at first, however the maps are hard to read on the kindle
and I found not knowing where all... Read more
Published 15 months ago by van de merwe
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read about some of the people who changed the face of Africa...
I rated 4 stars, because 5 would indicate perfection! A well researched, excellently written and gripping account of intrepid Victorian explorers in East Africa. Read more
Published 16 months ago by John Ridout
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I rate this book as very good and would recommend

This as a easily readable history for the region by a known writer of this region
Published 16 months ago by steve clancy
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