Blood River by Tim Butcher

About the book

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.

Reviewed by Lymington U3A Group 2:

Educational, enlightening, gripping – insightful to Congo history.

Star rating: ****

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  1. Review by Everyone Reading Group:
    Much enjoyed to disliked by 10 members. Historical and informative, filling gaps in knowledge. Tim was either foolhardy or courageous, depending on the reader. Local peoples’ struggle gained sympathy and a sense of helplessness.
    Rating: 2 Stars

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