A seductive portrait of marriage and sexual passion.
'A story of the voluptuousness of doom' Thomas Mann
A compulsively readable account of an African country now virtually inaccessible to the outside world and what is perhaps one of the most daring and adventurous journeys a journalist has made in recent years.
Buy from the following bookstores
Official Vintage online Bookstore
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.
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
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
John le Carre,
Tim Butcher deserves a medal for this crazy feat. I marvel at his courage and his empathy
I found this book gripping at the same time as being extremely informative. It is full of adventure and there are some quite horrifying moments that describe this incredibly dangerous place in the world. Butcher's Congo journey really does make you aware of the deeply disturbed and unfortunate world of central Africa. The book held my attention from beginning to end. Posted by Clara Womersley at Jonathan Cape
An in-depth account of the life and landscape of the Congo. Tim Butcher is extremely daring. A very interesting and enjoyable read.
* Required fields
Please log into the Vintage Books site by entering your email address and password below.
'Matthiessen's book is a triumph that will outlive him. It is a masterpiece' John ...
View reading guide here.
Tim Butcher is a best-selling British author, journalist and broadcaster. Born in 1967, he was on the staff of The Daily Telegraph from 1990 to 2009, covering all major conflicts across the Balkans the ...