In this video interview, Nicolas Edwards speaks with Tim Butcher, former Daily Telegraph Africa correspondent, award winning author and adventurer.
Tim has won many awards for Blood River (2008) which records his reenactment in 2004 of HM Stanley’s 19th century expedition following the Congo River from its source in Lake Tanganyika to it outflow in the Atlantic and his second tale of adventure; Chasing the Devil, a recreation of Graham Greene’s travels in Liberia and Sierra Leone published as Journey without Maps (1936.) He is currently writing up his next adventure, a recreation of the travels in the Balkans made by Gavrilo Princip, who infamously assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the event which triggered the First World War. Appropriately, Tim is pushing to finish and publish the book in 2014, the 100th anniversary of the start of the war.
In this interview, he also discusses the state of the Congo now, of Liberia and his love of South Africa, warts and all. He provides balance and a counter view to all the negativity which surrounds this continent without holding back any punches. It is also worth mentioning that Blood River is now a standard text for A/S Level English examinations in the UK and the pleasure which this conveys to him.
This is an absorbing interview which discusses many topical African subjects by a man well placed to comment.
Here it is, the Tim Butcher Interview 🙂
Tim Butcher Interview by Nicolas Edwards