The African Association, the world's first geographical society, set itself the task of revealing the mysteries of the interior of Africa. Founded in 1788 by a group of London-based gentlemen, made famous by the amazing exploits of its adventurers, for forty-three years it was engaged in a quest for geographical knowledge, personal glory, immense wealth and the fulfilment of national ambitions. This is an enthralling account of a unique period characterized by the passion, ambition, courage and sheer sense of adventure of its participants.
Praise for The Pharaoh's Shadow: 'A marvellous book, and one that any living travel writer would have been proud to write... one of the most fascinating and remarkable travel writing debuts for many years.' William Dalrymple, The Spectator 'Like a cross between Indiana Jones and a John Buchan hero, the reckless Arabic-speaking Sattin dives on to buses he shouldn't, squeezes through security checkpoints and charms or bluffs his way past police and army units. The result is a triumph... If you read only one travel book this year, make it this one.' Robert Carver, Daily Mail
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