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Chasing the Devil : The Search for Africa's Fighting Spirit by Tim Butcher
  

Chasing the Devil : The Search for Africa's Fighting Spirit

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Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 18 November 2010.

Chasing the Devil is a dramatic travel book touching on one of the most fraught parts of the globe at a unique moment in its history. Weaving history and anthropology with personal narrative - as well as new discoveries about Greene - it is as exciting as it is enlightening.

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Chasing the Devil : The Search for Africa's Fighting Spirit by Tim Butcher

For many years Sierra Leone and Liberia have been too dangerous to travel through, bedevilled by a uniquely brutal form of violence from which sprang many of Africa's cruellest contemporary icons - child soldiers, prisoner mutilation, blood diamonds. With their wars officially over, Tim Butcher sets out on a journey across both countries, trekking for 350 miles through remote rainforest and malarial swamps. Just as he followed H M Stanley through the Congo - a journey described in his bestseller Blood River - this time he pursues a trail blazed by Graham Greene in 1935 and immortalised in the travel classic Journey Without Maps . Greene took 26 bearers, a case of scotch, and hammocks in which he and his cousin Barbara were carried. Tim walks every blistering inch to gain an extraordinary ground-level view of a troubled and overlooked region. As a journalist in Africa, Tim came to know both countries well although the wars made trips to the jungle hinterland far too risky. This is where he now heads, exploring how rebel groups thrived in the bush for so long and whether the devil of war has truly been chased away. He encounters other 'devils', masked figures guarding the spiritual secrets of jungle communities. Some are no more threatening than schoolmasters but others are much more sinister, relying on ritual cannibalism as a source of their magical power. Tim encounters these devils on an epic journey that demands courage, doggedness and good fortune.


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From blood diamonds to child soldiers, with a little ritual cannibalism and a few dancing devils thrown into the mix, this is an eye-opening read. Waterstones Book Quarterly Chasing the Devil is a brave and fascinating successor to the bestselling Blood River. -- Dan Linstead Wanderlust


About the Author

Born in 1967, Tim Butcher has worked for the Daily Telegraph since 1990 as foreign affairs leader writer, defence correspondent and Africa Bureau Chief. He is currently living in Jerusalem where he is the Telegraph’s Middle East correspondent.

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Publication date

2nd September 2010

Author

Tim Butcher

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Publisher

Chatto & Windus an imprint of CCV

Format

Hardback
336 pages

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Travel writing

ISBN

9780701183608

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