The Tim­buktu School for No­mads

Timeless Travels Magazine - - BOOK REVIEW - Nicholas Jub­ber

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.

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