To the Heart of the Nile by Pat Shipman
Lady Florence Baker and the Exploration of Central Africa

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In 1859, at age fourteen, Florence Szász stood before a room full of men and waited to be auctioned to the highest bidder. But slavery and submission were not to be her destiny: Sam Baker, a wealthy English gentleman and eminent adventurer, was moved by compassion and an immediate, overpowering empathy for the young woman, and braved extraordinary perils to help her escape. Together, Florence and Sam -- whose love would remain passionate and constant throughout their lives -- forged into literally uncharted territory in a glorious attempt to unravel a mysterious and magnificent enigma called Africa.

A stunning achievement, To the Heart of the Nile is an unforgettable portrait of an unforgettable woman: a story of discovery, bravery, determination, and love, meticulously reconstructed through journals, documents, and private papers, and told in the inimitable narrative style that has already won Pat Shipman resounding international acclaim.

 

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Pat Shipman is the author of eight previous books, including "The Man Who Found the Missing Link" and "Taking Wing", which won the Phi Beta Kappa Prize for science and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and named a "New York Times" Notable Book for 1998. Her numerous awards and honors include the 1996 Rhone-Poulenc Prize for "The Wisdom of the Bones" (written with Alan Walker). Her most recent book is "To the Heart of the Nile: Lady Florence Baker and the Exploration of Central Africa". She is currently an adjunct professor of anthropology at Pennsylvania State University and lives in State College, Pennsylvania.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 448 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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You are going with the Englishman.” Morally opposed to slavery but apparently not opposed to romancing a 14-year-old, Baker took Florence, for so she was now called, off to exotic venues such as Bucharest and Alexandria, where “they drank and ate and laughed their way through the night.” The venu...

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