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by English, Charlie

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TitleThe Book Smugglers of Timbuktu : the Quest for this Storied City and the Race to Save its Treasures
Author / Responsible partyEnglish, Charlie
TopicsHistory Manuscripts, Arabic -- Mali -- Tombouctou. Cultural property -- Protection -- Mali -- Tombouctou. Tombouctou (Mali) -- Discovery and exploration. Mali -- History -- Tuareg Rebellion, 2012- -- Destruction and pillage.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd.


To Westerners, the name "Timbuktu" long conjured a tantalising paradise, an African El Dorado. A medieval centre of learning, it was home to tens of thousands of ancient manuscripts on a plethora of subjects. When al-Qaeda-linked jihadists threatened the existence of these precious documents, a remarkable thing happened: a team of librarians and archivists joined forces to spirit the manuscripts into hiding. Charlie English expertly presents a fascinating account of one of the planet's extraordinary places, and the myths from which it has become inseparable

Additional Information

System control numberS15948
Original Print PublisherLondon : William Collins, 2017
NarratorJonathan Keeble
Narrator NameJonathan Keeble
Participant or performer noteJonathan Keeble
Narrators GenderMale narrator