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Red Nile: The Biography of the World s Greatest River

Robert Twigger

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North Africa, Prose: non-fiction, Asian history, African history, Travel writing

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.

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Praise for Red Nile: The Biography of the World s Greatest River

  • A vivid and charismatic biography of the River Nile - The Bookseller

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Robert Twigger

Robert Twigger is a true adventurer who always comes up with something surprising, entertaining and unique. 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 previous books, including Red Nile, White Mountain and the highly acclaimed Angry White Pyjamas, which won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award and a Somerset Maugham Award.

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