The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu
The Quest for this Storied City and the Race to Save its Treasures
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.
The Snow Tourist
A Search for the World's Purest, Deepest Snowfall
What is it about snow that leaves us spellbound? What draws us to play with it, sledge over it, and even risk our lives in it? In this finely woven blend of memoir, history and travelogue, self-confessed snow obsessive Charlie English wraps up warm and goes in search of the answers to these questions, from the Cairngorms to Vermont, from Chamonix to the Canadian Arctic.