Red Nile: A Biography of the World's Greatest River, by Robert Twigger
The Nile River has proven to be a constant fixture in mankind's tales. The stories of excess, love, passion, splendour, and violence are what make the Nile so engaging, even after centuries of change.
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.
Abounds in tales of grand dreams and thwarted ambitions….A book that, like the Nile itself, teems with life.” ―The New York Times Book Review.
Red Nile's mixture of factual and fictional narratives of heroic adventurers, lost tribes, vanished cities, trackless forests and lethal wildlife brought me back to the pleasures I derived as a child from reading old copies of the Boy's Own Paper. ―TLS