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Africa, Reviews, Travel books

Book Review: Blood River

A journey to Africa's broken heartTim Butcher, Vintage, RRP £7.99

This is a captivating first hand account of an amazing journey which has had much deserving praise heaped upon it. The journey that the author takes is both brave and insane, and therefore makes for compelling reading. The author writes with passion, honesty and humour. Frustrated with the difficulties inherent in reporting the Congo on his first assignment there, he becomes determined to embark upon one of the world’s most dangerous journeys, retracing the route of the Victorian explorer Stanley along the length of the Congo. He combines history and travel writing with a tale of risk and adventure, but what sets the book apart is the author’s passion for the region and his empathy with the people that he meets along the way. Polly Fryer

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