The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu

The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu

The Quest for this Storied City and the Race to Save its Treasures

Paperback416pp Illustrated232x152mm

9780008184902     Product Code: 506811


When the political chaos of 2012 allowed jihadists to surge across Mali, librarians and archivists secretly worked to hide thousands of Timbuktu’s precious ancient manuscripts. This book combines first-hand reporting of those modern events with the story of Timbuktu’s past as a medieval centre of learning and as the mysterious city that inspired decades of dangerous expeditions by Westerners in search of its fabled wealth. Slightly off-mint.

publ £14.99