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Blood River: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart Paperback – 3 Jan 2008

4.3 out of 5 stars 210 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 363 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1st Paper Back - 2nd Impression edition (3 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780099494287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099494287
  • ASIN: 0099494280
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 210 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A remarkable, fascinating book by a courageous and perceptive writer. One of the most exciting books to emerge from Africa in recent years" (Alexander McCall Smith)

"An intrepid adventure. In making and describing this journey, Tim Butcher has followed in the footsteps of Stanley and Conrad. It takes a lot of guts to yomp through the Congo and he obviously has plenty of those. But it is the wit and passion of the writing which keeps you engrossed" (Giles Foden)

"This is a terrific book, an adventure story about a journey of great bravery in one of the world's most dangerous places. It keeps the heart beating and the attention fixed from beginning to end" (Fergal Keane)

"A masterpiece" (John le Carre)

"Tim Butcher deserves a medal for this crazy feat. I marvel at his courage and his empathy" (Thomas Pakenham)

Synopsis

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.

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