The Timbuktu School for Nomads
Nicholas Brearly Published: 8 September 2016 Price: £16.59 (Hardcover)
The Sahara: a dreamlike, far away landscape of Lawrence of Arabia and Wilfred Thesiger, The English Patient and Star Wars, and home to nomadic communities whose ways of life stretch back millennia. Today, it’s a teeth-janglingly dangerous destination, where the threat of jihadists lurks just over the horizon.
So why visit? Nicholas Jubber, following on from other adventures in Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Iran, wanted to follow in the footsteps of sixteenth-century traveller Leo Africanus. And so he went on a turbulent adventure to the forgotten places of North Africa and the legendary Timbuktu.
From the cattle markets of the Atlas, across the Western Sahara and up the Niger river, Jubber joins the camps of the Tuareg, Fulani, Berbers, and other communities, to learn about their craft, their values and their place in the world.
Jubber is a rare writer as his style of writing is a pleasure to read. The Timbuktu School for Nomads
is a unique look at a resilient city and how the nomads pit ancient ways of life against the challenges of the 21st century. A great read.