An account of Justin Marozzi's 1500-mile journey by camel along the slave-trade routes of the Libyan Sahara. Marozzi and his travelling companion Ned had never travelled in the desert, nor had they ridden camels before embarking on this expedition. Encouraged by a series of idiosyncratic Touareg and Tubbu guides, they learnt the full range of desert survival skills, including how to master their five faithful camels. The caravan of two explorers, five camels with distinctive personalities and their guides undertook a gruelling journey across some of the most inhospitable territory on earth. Despite threats from Libyan officialdom and the ancient, natural hardships of the desert, Marozzi and Ned found themselves growing ever closer to the land and its people. More than a travelogue, "South from Barbary" is a fascinating history of Saharan exploration and efforts by early British explorers to suppress the African slave trade. It evokes the poetry and solitude of the desert, the companionship of man and beast, the plight of a benighted nation, and the humour and generosity of its resilient people.
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Justin Marozzi is assistant editor of the Spectator. He also writes for the Economist and is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. He read History at Cambridge and has an MA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. This is his first book.Review:
“... genuine exploration, the stuff from which all good travel books should be made.” -- The Times Literary Supplement
“In many ways, this is the perfect travel book.” -- Financial Times
“Unfailingly interesting and downright refreshing: travel–writing for true adventurers as well armchair ones.” -- Kirkus Reviews
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