To Westerners, the name “Timbuktu” long conjured a tantalising paradise, an African El Dorado. A medieval centre of learning, it was home to tens of thousands of ancient manuscripts on a plethora of subjects. When al-Qaeda–linked jihadists threatened the existence of these precious documents, a remarkable thing happened: a team of librarians and archivists joined forces to spirit the manuscripts into hiding. Charlie English expertly presents a fascinating account of one of the planet's extraordinary places, and the myths from which it has become inseparable.
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"The historical race to reach one of the world’s most mythologized places, adding another layer to the legend.
Praise for the author: “Charlie English deftly weaves together history, reportage, travelogue and memoir into a gentle, erudite and at times beautiful book” ROBERT MACFARLANE
“An enchanting tale […] I was gripped.” JOANNA KAVENNA"
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