Chasing the Devil by Tim Butcher
A Journey Through Sub-Saharan Africa in the Footsteps of Graham Greene

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The audacious, gripping travelogue of a writer chasing the ghost of Graham Greene into the heart of Africa.

Of all the anarchic and war-torn African nations, none is more forbidding than Liberia, the land that nurtured child soldiers, the violent trade in "blood diamonds," even ritual murder. Graham Greene, in search of extreme adventure, ventured through its dense jungles to write the travel classic Journey Without Maps; three-quarters of a century later, Tim Butcher decided to follow Greene's footsteps, only to find the path even more ominous and overgrown than in his predecessor's day. Among the devils he encounters are masked sorcerers whose magical powers depend on cannibalism and missionaries long forgotten in the hinterland he traverses. Butcher, a former African correspondent for the London Telegraph and author of Blood River, his best-selling account of a dramatic journey through the Congo, has produced in this thrilling sequel a book that The Independent hails as "fascinating, harrowing, and eventful."
 

About Tim Butcher

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Tim Butcher is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author. His first book, Blood River, was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
 
Published September 13, 2011 by Atlas. 336 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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At 30, Greene was looking for “a smash-and-grab raid into the primitive” when he set out on the jungle trek recounted in his travel book Journeys Without Maps.

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An award-winning British journalist retraces the young novelist Graham Greene's 1935 walk through Sierra Leone and Liberia.

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In 2004, journalist Butcher (Blood River) made a journey through the Congo, following a trail blazed by the 19th-century adventurer and author Henry Morton Stanley and tracing the evolution of a region and its people.

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His latest book, Chasing the Devil, which comes on the heels of the awarding-winning chronicle of his harrowing journey through the strife-torn Congo in Blood River, returns him to Liberia and Sierra Leone, the scene of one of Africa’s bloodiest and most gruesome civil wars.

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The Telegraph

“When they left, the bottle was taken by one of our people who put a spell in it, a message to the spirit world, and took it out into the jungle and buried it.” Unlike some contemporary adventurers, Butcher – a former Telegraph journalist – is interested in the lives of the people he ...

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The Telegraph

In the opening scene of Chasing the Devil, Tim Butcher, journalist, writer, explorer, realises he may be walking into a trap.

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The Bookbag

No travelogue survives without the lightening of humour, and Butcher peppers his with wonderful snippets of Krio (the pidgin English of Sierra Leone) "if god gree" for "god-willing" or da ples weh dey men dababoons – the chimp sanctuary to you and me – sheer delight for those of us in love with l...

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Scotsman.com

Tim Butcher would probably admit that he was born into the wrong era.

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Curious Book Fans

Some time ago I read and reviewed Tim Butcher’s Blood River, about his journey along the Congo River, and I’m afraid to say I wasn’t terribly complementary about it.

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