Explorers of the Nile: the Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure
Between 1856 and 1876, five explorers, all British, took on the seemingly impossible task of discovering the source of the White Nile. Showing exceptional courage and extraordinary resilience, Richard Burton, John Hanning Speke, Samuel Baker, David Livingstone and Henry Morton Stanley risked their lives and their reputations in the name of this quest. They journeyed through East and Central Africa into unmapped territory, discovered the great lakes Tanganyika and Victoria, navigated the upper Nile and the Congo, and suffered the ravages of flesh-eating ulcers, malaria and deep spear wounds. Using new research, Tim Jeal tells the story of these great expeditions, while also examining the tragic consequences which the Nile search has had on Uganda and Sudan to this day. "Explorers of the Nile" is a gripping adventure story with an arresting analysis of Britain's imperial past and the Scramble for Africa.
From Tim Jeal, author of the bestselling Stanley, the epic Victorian story of the search for the source of the Nile.
Tim Jeal is the author of acclaimed biographies of Livingstone and Baden-Powell. His memoir, Swimming with My Father, was shortlisted for the PEN Ackerley Prize for Autobiography. His biography of Henry Morton Stanley, Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer, was published in 2007 and was named Sunday Times Biography of the Year.