A rip-roaring yet intimate biography of the mighty Nile by Robert Twigger, award-winning author of Angry White Pyjamas. 'A tour de force' FINANCIAL TIMES.
So much begins on the banks of the Nile: all religion, all life, all stories, the script we write in, the language we speak, the gods, the legends and the names of stars. This mighty river that flows through a quarter of all Africa has been history's most sustained creator.
In this dazzling, idiosyncratic journey from ancient times to the Arab Spring, award-winning author Robert Twigger weaves a Nile narrative like no other. As he navigates a meandering course through the history of the world's greatest river, he plucks the most intriguing, colourful and dramatic stories - truly a Nile red in tooth and claw.
The result is both an epic journey through the whole sweep of human and pre-human history, and an intimate biography of the curious life of this great river, overflowing with stories of excess, love, passion, splendour and violence.
About the Author
Robert Twigger won the SOMERSET MAUGHAM and WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDs for Angry White Pyjamas. His attempt to capture a record-breaking 30-foot python in 1999, Big Snake, was filmed for Channel 4. Having lived in Egypt for many years, he now lives in Dorset with his family.
Twigger's book on the history of the river Nile is one of the those unexpected great reads... This is a non-fiction book that reads like a great, page-turning novel. CATHOLIC HERALD Red Nile is a scintillatingly colourful account of a river and a region that explorer/adventurer Twigger knows well... probably the author's magnum opus. SUNDAY TIMES Red Nile by Robert Twigger is how history should be written and taught. The reader is taken on a sweeping journey through the endless story of the Nile, where so much began and so much is still happening. -- Robin Hanbury-Tenison COUNTRY LIFE gives great insight into a place where the growth of civilisation is so closely lined to the power of nature. GOOD BOOK GUIDE Red Nile is a scintillating account of a river and a region that explorer/adventurer Twigger knows well... A fine, if flawed work that it probably the author's magnum opus." SUNDAY TIMES
Number Of Pages: 600
Published: 10th June 2014
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 4.8
Weight (kg): 0.7