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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571249760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571249763
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 3.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,094 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

'Masterly book ... it's also a thoroughly ripping yarn ... Jeal knows how to tell a fabulous story, and he lets old-fashioned epic adventure sit at the heart of his fine book.' --Sunday Times, Paperback of the Week --Observer

'Splendidly absorbing account.' --Independent

'A masterful account of one of the most exciting periods in exploration.' --Observer

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Explorers of the Nile: The Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure, from Tim Jeal - author of the bestselling Stanley - is the epic Victorian story of the search for the source of the Nile.

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Travelista on 24 Sept. 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 11 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Ia Platings on 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 46 people found the following review helpful By Katharine Kirby TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Sept. 2011
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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
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Colin Brown on 22 Oct. 2011
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Tim Jeal gives more than an account of the tribulations of exploration in Africa. He brings you closer to the nature of the men, and a few women, both Europeans and their porters and guides who dared their lives in establishing on record the geographical locations of the great lakes and rivers of Central Africa. Driven mainly by the enquiring mind tempered in some by egotism and in the case of Richard Burton by lack of magnanimity in accepting others achievements when his theories of the source of the Nile where proven incorrect. The disasters in recent Africa history, as in the Middle East has been the failure of the European powers not listening to the 'on the ground' experts of the political and cultural make-up of the various regions and tribes. As Arnold Toynbee said, sadly, 'we learn from history that we never learn from history'.
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