• A remarkable, fascinating book by a courageous and perceptive writer. One of the most exciting books to emerge from Africa in recent years

    Alexander McCall Smith
  • An intrepid adventure. In making and describing this journey, Tim Butcher has followed in the footsteps of Stanley and Conrad. It takes a lot of guts to yomp through the Congo and he obviously has plenty of those. But it is the wit and passion of the writing which keeps you engrossed

    Giles Foden
  • Blood River represents a remarkable marriage of travelogue and history, which deserves to make Tim Butcher a star for his prose, as well as his courage

    Max Hastings
  • A story of the extraordinary courage, tenacity and endurance of two men: H. M. Stanley, and Tim Butcher...a great achievement.

    John Simpson
  • This is a terrific book, an adventure story about a journey of great bravery in one of the world's most dangerous places. It keeps the heart beating and the attention fixed from beginning to end

    Fergal Keane

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