'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