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The Timbuktu School for Nomads: Across the Sahara in the Shadow of Jihad, by Nicholas Jubber

‘Timbuktu’ is used in the English language to describe an inaccessible, distant land — so much so that it is often deemed a myth. Yet this mysterious land is very much real, with a fraught history to prove it. Once the heart of African civilisation, this North African city is now a remote land haunted by terrorist occupation. It is said that its inhabitants hail visitors with the greeting, ‘Welcome to the middle of nowhere.’

Writer and traveller Nicholas Jubber set out on an adventure through the Atlas Mountains, the “teeth-janglingly dangerous” Sahara and up the Niger River. He aimed to follow in the footsteps of 16th-century explorer Leo Africanus but found himself following in the trail of the nomadic people.

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