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The Timbuktu School for Nomads: Lessons from the People of the Desert

The Timbuktu School for Nomads: Lessons from the People of the Desert

An epic modern-day quest across the Sahara and a unique insight into the nomadic communities that surround the legendary city, by award-winning travel writer Nicholas Jubber.

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ISBN 9781473655447
Barcode 9781473655447
Published 12 September 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton General Div
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Jubber, Nicholas

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ISBN-13 9781473655447
ISBN-10 1473655447
Stock Available
Status Showing available at publisher; usually ships 7-15 working days
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton General Div
Imprint Nicholas Brealey Publishing
Publication Date 12 September 2017
International Publication Date 6 July 2017
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Jubber, Nicholas
Category African History
Social & Cultural History
Travel Writing
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
NBS Text Travel Writing
ONIX Text General/trade;General/trade;Professional and scholarly
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 21mm
Weight 246g
Dewey Code 916.6230454
Catalogue Code 763141

Description of this Book

The Sahara: a dream-like, far away landscape of Lawrence of Arabia and Wilfred Thesiger, The English Patient and Star Wars, and home to nomadic communities whose ways of life stretch back millennia. Today it's a teeth-janglingly dangerous destination, where the threat of jihadists lurks just over the horizon. Following in the footsteps of 16th century traveller Leo Africanus, Nicholas Jubber went on a turbulent adventure to the forgotten places of North Africa and the legendary Timbuktu. Once the seat of African civilization and home to the richest man who ever lived, this mythic city is now scarred by terrorist occupation and is so remote its own inhabitants hail you with the greeting, 'Welcome to the middle of nowhere'. From the cattle markets of the Atlas, across the Western Sahara and up the Niger river, Nicholas joins the camps of the Tuareg, Fulani, Berbers, and other communities, to learn about their craft, their values and their place in the world. The Timbuktu School for Nomads is a unique look at a resilient city and how the nomads pit ancient ways of life against the challenges of the 21st century.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review The Timbuktu School for Nomads takes us on an unforgettable journey through time and space, plenty of it, and gives voice to voiceless communities that inhabit one of the most problematic corners of the globe
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Nicholas Jubber moved to Jerusalem after graduating from Oxford University. He'd been working two weeks when the intifada broke out and he started planning to travel the Middle East and East Africa. He has written two previous books, The Prester Quest (winner of the Dolman Prize) and Drinking Arak Off an Ayatollah's Beard (shortlisted for the Dolman Prize). He has written for the Guardian, Observer, and the Globe and Mail.

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