South From Barbary by Justin Marozzi
Along the Slave Routes of the Libyan Sahara

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An account of Justin Marozzi's 1500-mile journey by camel along the slave-trade routes of the Libyan Sahara. Marozzi and his travelling companion Ned had never travelled in the desert, nor had they ridden camels before embarking on this expedition. Encouraged by a series of idiosyncratic Touareg and Tubbu guides, they learnt the full range of desert survival skills, including how to master their five faithful camels. The caravan of two explorers, five camels with distinctive personalities and their guides undertook a gruelling journey across some of the most inhospitable territory on earth. Despite threats from Libyan officialdom and the ancient, natural hardships of the desert, Marozzi and Ned found themselves growing ever closer to the land and its people. More than a travelogue, "South from Barbary" is a fascinating history of Saharan exploration and efforts by early British explorers to suppress the African slave trade. It evokes the poetry and solitude of the desert, the companionship of man and beast, the plight of a benighted nation, and the humour and generosity of its resilient people.
 

About Justin Marozzi

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Justin Marozzi is a contributing editor of the ‘Spectator’. He also writes for the ‘Economist’ and is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. He read History at Cambridge and has an MA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. This is his first book.
 
Published May 1, 2001 by Harper UK. 365 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Science & Math, Action & Adventure. Non-fiction

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Reading the high-spirited tale back in London, Marozzi relates, “I felt the pull of the desert and started to dream of a similar journey by camel.” The fantasy did not become a reality until, in 1999, his long-time friend, a Dorset farmer who liked to travel, agreed to make the journey.

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