Desert explorer Michael Asher investigates the most disastrous exploration mission in the history of the Sahara
In December 1880 a French expedition attempted to map a route for a railway that would stretch from their colony in Algeria right across the Sahara desert to reach their territories in West Africa. 'Paris to Timbuctoo in Six Days' was the slogan. It would
Not for the fainthearted, this is still an exceptionally powerful read - GOOD BOOK GUIDE
Michael Asher is the author of several books on the Sahara and Sudan, including In Search of the Forty Days Road, A Desert Dies and Impossible Journey. His story of his own military experiences, Shoot to Kill, was published in 1990. He has since written biographies of the explorer Wilfred Thesiger and of Lawrence of Arabia. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.