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Red Nile

Category: Book
By (author): Twigger, Robert
Subject:  HISTORY / Africa / General
  HISTORY / Historical Geography
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Published: June 2014
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 466

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From The Publisher*A rip-roaring yet intimate biography of the mighty Nile by Robert Twigger, award-winning author of ANGRY WHITE PYJAMAS. 'A tour de force' FINANCIAL TIMES.

So much begins on the banks of the Nile: all religion, all life, all stories, the script we write in, the language we speak, the gods, the legends and the names of stars. This mighty river that flows through a quarter of all Africa has been history's most sustained creator.

In this dazzling, idiosyncratic journey from ancient times to the Arab Spring, award-winning author Robert Twigger weaves a Nile narrative like no other. As he navigates a meandering course through the history of the world's greatest river, he plucks the most intriguing, colourful and dramatic stories - truly a Nile red in tooth and claw.

The result is both an epic journey through the whole sweep of human and pre-human history, and an intimate biography of the curious life of this great river, overflowing with stories of excess, love, passion, splendour and violence.
Review Quote*Robert Twigger's ambitious biography of the Nile is an unexpected triumph ... a scintillatingly colourful account of a river and a region Twigger knows intimately ... an elegiac moving book ... hugely entertaining ... probably the author's magnum opus-SUNDAY TIMES
Review Quote*A brilliantly written scrapbook of history and travel, geography and science, myth and legend both ancient and modern ... Twigger allows the river's ever changing shape to inform this engrossing biography. It's a vast subject but he never becomes overwhelmed by the material and has written an elegant, amusing and fascinating book, buoyed by his own enthusiasm, that draws you along in its current-FINANCIAL TIMES
Review Quote*If you have read Twigger before, you will know to expect divergence, wit, a weakness with the esoteric, an ability to make even the most obscure details seem relevant. All of which is perfectly suited to this subject and makes for an entertaining and absorbing read-OBSERVER
Review Quote*Like the vast, fast-flowing river itself with its waters teeming with crocodiles, hippopotami and bilharzia, so RED NILE teems with arcane facts and high spirited asides ... provides a feast of quirky, fascinating bits of knowledge, both funny and memorable-SPECTATOR
Biographical NoteRobert Twigger is a British author, poet and adventurer. After attending Oxford University he trained with the Tokyo Riot Police, which became the subject of his bestselling book Angry White Pyjamas. He has been awarded the Newdigate Prize for poetry, the Somerset Maugham Award for Literature and the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.

He led the expedition that was the first to cross the Great Sand Sea of the Egyptian Sahara solely on foot, and another that was the first to cross Western Canada in a birchbark canoe since 1793. He is the author of eight books, both fiction and non-fiction, as well as several collections of poetry. Big Snake was filmed for Channel 4.