An abundantly energetic gold-mine of a book. Heaped with history and background information, with ideas, adventures, and poignant postulations, it stares right in the face of current events. This is a book that will remind us all to look with care at what is happening on the great sandscape of North Africa now. A work of inspiration and scholarship.
A well-informed and readable book based on time spent in nomad camps and a thorough survey of the literature. The Sahara and Sahel are complex, dangerous, productive, compelling places. The Timbuktu School for Nomads captures the feel of this in conversations with nomads about their livelihoods, with the constant threat of a drought or an al Qaeda squadron just over the next dune.
*PRAISE FOR NICHOLAS JUBBER* Passionate, exuberant and charming.
Engaging. Full of intriguing insights into little-visited countries.
Effortless. Uses a light touch to explain complex, esoteric concepts.
Impeccably researched and elegantly written.
Jubber is a perceptive guide to a fascinating culture.
Sedentary civilization has been telling itself that nomads are an anachronism for many centuries. But nomadic cultures are still vibrantly alive, as the intrepid Nick Jubber shows us in North Africa. This book is both a wonderful travel adventure, and a defense of journeys without end.
A writer who can deliver both serious historical research and entertaining escapades with credibility and passion
The Timbuktu School for Nomads takes us on an unforgettable journey through time and space, plenty of it, and gives voice to voiceless communities that inhabit one of the most problematic corners of the globe
[A] passionate paean to the Sahara.
Insightful, warm and humorous
The risk-taking Mr Jubber enters the desert-scape of North Africa. An education.