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The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu (large print)
- Format: Largeprint - paperback
- Released: 1 May 2018
- Publisher: W F Howes Ltd
- ISBN: 9781528801355
- Category: Large Print Books Non-fiction History, philosophy & religion
- Availability: A print-on-demand title (delivery in 7 to 10 days)
- Our Price: £19.50
- Number Of Pages: 496
To Westerners, the name ‘Timbuktu’ long conjured a tantalising paradise, an African El Dorado where even the slaves wore gold. Timbuktu was rich in another way too. A medieval centre of learning, it was home to tens – according to some, hundreds – of thousands of ancient manuscripts. When al-Qaeda-linked jihadists surged across Mali in 2012, threatening the existence of these precious documents, a remarkable thing happened: a team of librarians and archivists joined forces to spirit the manuscripts into hiding. Relying on extensive research and first-hand reporting, Charlie English expertly twines these two suspenseful strands into a fascinating account of one of the planet's extraordinary places.
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