The Lost Kingdoms of Africa
By (author) Jeffrey Tayler
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Lost Kingdoms of Africa by Jeffrey Tayler
Book DescriptionThis is the account of a journey through realms of Africa so remote, so geographically and culturally isolated that their frontiers have rarely been breached. The Sahel region of the lower Sahara - whipped by ferocious winds, shrouded in secrets and home to a vast Muslim population - is the southernmost outpost of Islam's dominance in Africa. Comprising the southern Saharan regions of Chad, northern Nigeria, Niger, Mali and Senegal, they once witnessed the emergence of Africa's wealthiest and most exotic kingdoms and empires. To this day they produce some of the continent's leading writers, musicians and artists. But now, perilous and poverty-stricken, they rarely see travellers. Yet Jeffrey Tayler, crossing 2,500 miles across the Sahel by truck, taxi, bus and boat, uncovers this lost area of continent, revealing it as beset by ethnic rebellion and sectarian violence, rife with Islamic fundamentalism, yet home to people of extraordinary hospitality and fortitude.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780316726078
(216mm x 135mm x mm)
Imprint: Little, Brown & Company
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publish Date: 7-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jeffrey Tayler
River of White Nights, Hardback (July 2006)
Offers stories that are set against the backdrop of the author's descriptions of harsh weather conditions and his adventures in negotiating permission to travel in the region with Russian authorities and then navigates the Lena to its mouth in the Laptev Sea, above the Arctic Circle.
Facing the Congo, Paperback (May 2002)» View all books by Jeffrey Tayler
Outstanding travel narrative about a journey up the Congo river: superbly evocative writing in the tradition of Paul Theroux and Bruce Chatwin
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Author Biography - Jeffrey Tayler
Jeffrey Tayler is a traveller and writer, working for CONDE NAST TRAVELLER, SPIN, HARPER'S MAGAZINE & ATLANTIC MONTHLY. In 2000 2 of his essays were selected by Bill Bryson for the 1st edin of THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING. He lives in Moscow.
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