Tropic of Capricorn: Circling the World on a Southern Adventure

Tropic of Capricorn: Circling the World on a Southern Adventure


By (author) Simon Reeve

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  • Publisher: BBC BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 26mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 14 September 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1846073863
  • ISBN 13: 9781846073861
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 165,997

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In "Tropic of Capricorn", best-selling author Simon Reeve embarks on a 23,000-mile trek around the southern-most border of the tropics - a place of both amazing beauty and overwhelming human suffering. Heading east through Africa, Australia and South America, Simon encounters breathtaking landscapes and truly extraordinary people: from Bushmen of the Kalahari and Namibian prostitutes battling with HIV to gem miners in Madagascar and teenagers in the Brazilian favela once described as the most dangerous place on earth. It is a collection of daring adventures, strange rituals and exotic wildlife, all linked together by one invisible line. Like the best travel writing, "Tropic of Capricorn" confronts important issues of our time - our changing environment, poverty, globalisation - by taking us on an unforgettable journey of discovery.

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Author information

Simon Reeve, author and broadcaster, has travelled the world for a series of television documentaries including BBC series Equator and Places That Don't Exist. His first book, The New Jackals: Ramzi Yousef, Osama bin Laden and the future of terrorism, was a New York bestseller and the first in the world on bin Laden and al Qaeda. His second book, One Day in September: the story of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre, was adapted for screen and won an Oscar for best feature documentary.

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"Like all the best travellers, Reeve carries out his investigations with infectious relish" Daily Telegraph "Brilliant...a fascinating, illuminating journey...much more than a travelogue" Daily Mail "A romping good travelogue" Wanderlust

Editorial reviews

British journalist and broadcaster Reeve (One Day in September: The Full Story of the 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and the Israeli Revenge Operation "Wrath of God", 2000, etc.) journeys along the southernmost border of the tropics as a follow-up to his expedition for the BBC series Equator.The Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer bookend a section of the globe that is 3,222 miles wide, "a home to extraordinary natural biodiversity, but an overwhelming concentration of human suffering." In this region, only Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan can claim to have economies described as "high-income." Aiming to explore the various socioeconomic conditions plaguing this region and to understand the ailments of these lands, Reeve begins his journey in Africa and moves east to Australia and South America, finishing in the favelas (slums) of Sao Paulo, considered one of the most dangerous places on the planet. Yes, there's breathtaking scenery en route, but this is travel writing of a sterner sort. The heart of Reeve's narrative beats in his encounters with the people of Capricorn, including the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert, Namibian prostitutes, gem miners in Madagascar, Australian Aboriginals and indigenous tribes in Chile, Paraguay and Argentina. He provides a balanced look at their plights and does an excellent job confronting the issues that have wreaked such havoc on this region, including environmental changes, globalization, AIDS and the lingering effects of colonialism. In South America, indigenous tribes who have lived in the mountains for centuries are now being chased off their land with bulldozers. These newly impoverished people will be forced into the slums of the nearest cities while the forests they lived in are destroyed to make way for soy farms producing biofuel. This grimly ironic facet to the world's sustainable-energy discussion is one of the many disheartening human and environmental issues Reeve brings to light.An illuminating, readable travelogue and an ethical call to action. (Kirkus Reviews)