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This is the extraordinary life story of Giovanni Belzoni - engineer, barber, monk, actor and circus strongman (where he later earned his title, The Great Belzoni) - who became one of the giants of 19th-century Egyptian archaeology. Sometimes maligned as a tomb robber, Giovanni Battista Belzoni is perhaps the most important and yet least remembered explorer and archaeologist of the 19th and 20th centuries. Giovanni Belzoni was the first person to penetrate the heart of the second pyramid at Giza and the first European to visit the oasis of Siwah and discover the ruined city of Berenice on the Red Sea. In 1823, at the age of 45, Belzoni died of fever trying to reach the mysterious city of Timbuktu.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099385516
ISBN-10: 0099385511
Format: Paperback
(179mm x 109mm x 18mm)
Pages: 260
Imprint: Red Fox
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Publish Date: 3-Aug-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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UK Kirkus Review » When Jack, Charlie and Leah come across a camper van, they persuade the owners to let them have a look inside. Jack uncovers some stolen jewellery and the owners panic and drive off with the children in the van. Thomas writes from the children's point of view and this believable story will appeal greatly to the adventurous side of children. Other exciting stories by the same author are The Runaways, The Secret and Guilty!. (9-12 yrs) (Kirkus UK)

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