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Chasing the Devil : On Foot Through Africa's Killing Fields

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For many years war made Sierra Leone and Liberia too dangerous for outsiders to travel through. Facing down demons from his time in Africa as a journalist, Tim Butcher heads deep into this combat zone, encountering the devastation wrought by lawless militia, child soldiers, brutal violence, blood diamonds and masked figures who guard the spiritual secrets of remote jungle communities. On an epic journey that demands courage, doggedness and sheer luck, Butcher treks for 350 blistering miles through rainforest and malarial swamps to gain an extraordinary ground-level view of an overlooked region on the cusp of a remarkable recovery.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 28mm | 322.05g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, ports., maps
  • 0099532069
  • 9780099532064
  • 79,781

About Tim Butcher

Tim Butcher is a best-selling author who blends travel with history. His first book, Blood River, was a number one bestseller, a Richard & Judy Book Club selection and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, while his next, Chasing the Devil, was longlisted for the George Orwell Prize. A journalist with the Daily Telegraph from 1990 to 2009, in 2010 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Northampton for services to writing. Born in Great Britain, he is based in Cape Town with his family.show more

Review quote

"Engaging...descriptions of walking through the bush, of sweltering heat, sweat and swelling blisters are juxtaposed against moments of beauty...a test of endurance" -- Aminatta Forna Sunday Telegraph "A brave book by a writer of skill and principle... He exposes the toxic cocktail of colonial exploitation, tribal conflict, ritual violence and blood diamonds that spits out regional monsrosities such as Charles Taylor... an admirable book" -- Brian Schofield Sunday Times "Tim Butcher has a respect and affection for West Africa that is genuine and touching, writing in a way that brings out the exuberance and wit of its people. This book is required reading for anyone even vaguely interested in this remote and enigmatic region" Daily Mail "Butcher is really a Victorian explorer and writer endowed with the sterling grit of that age... He is tough and he's honest" Evening Standard "Butcher's book is packed with incident... fascinating, harrowing and eventful" -- Joan Smith Independentshow more

Back cover copy

'An inspirational account of humanity's wonderful spirit to survive' Archbishop Desmond Tutu For many years war made Sierra Leone and Liberia too dangerous for outsiders to travel through. Facing down demons from his time in Africa as a journalist, Tim Butcher heads deep into this combat zone, encountering the devastation wrought by lawless militia, child soldiers, brutal violence, blood diamonds and masked figures who guard the spiritual secrets of remote jungle communities. On an epic journey that demands courage, doggedness and sheer luck, Tim treks for 350 blistering miles through rainforest and malarial swamps, walking every blistering inch to gain an extraordinary ground-level view of an overlooked region on the cusp of a remarkable recovery. 'Descriptions of walking through the bush, of sweltering heat, sweat and swelling blisters are juxtaposed against moments of beauty...a test of endurance' Sunday Telegraph 'Enjoyable and thrilling... Butcher's Africa is a primeval, dark-hearted place' Daily Mail 'Butcher has a respect and affection for West Africa that is genuine and touching, writing in a way that brings out the exuberance and wit of its people. This book is required reading for anyone even vaguely interested in this remote and enigmatic region' Evening Standard 'A brave book by a writer of skill and principle... he exposes a toxic cocktail of tribal conflict, ritual violence and blood diamonds... an admirable book' Sunday Timesshow more

Review Text

"Butcher's book is packed with incident... fascinating, harrowing and eventful"show more

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1,098 ratings
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2 4% (41)
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