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David Livingstone

Biography / Memoir

By: Muriel Buxton

215 pages, B/w photos, maps


Hardback | Apr 2001 | #117392 | ISBN: 0333740416
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A biography of David Livingstone giving a balanced account of his strengths and weaknesses. The first European to cross Africa, he discovered the Victoria Falls and survived shipwreck, attacks by natives and being mauled by a lion.

'...a clear, succinct, and balanced assessment of Livingstone's complex character, achievements and failures and enduring legacy.' - Choice '...this is an admirably concise, carefully considered and well-argued account of Livingstone's achievements and failures in the light both of his time and ours...warmly recommended as the best possible modern introduction to an extraordinary, if not always very sympathetic character.' - John Spurling, Times Literary Supplement


List of Illustrations - List of Maps - Acknowledgements - Chronology - Note of Spelling - Abbreviations used in Notes - Foreword by David Livingstone Wilson - Blantyre: The Boy - Glasgow, Chipping Ongar and London: The Student - Kuruman and Mabotsa: The Newcomer - Chonuane and Kolonbeng: The Missionary - Lake Ngami, The River Zouga and Cape Town; The Traveller - To the West Coast of Africa: The Pioneer - Across Africa from West to East; Great Leader of Africans - Britain: National Hero - The Zambesi and Shire Rivers: Flawed Leader of Europeans - The Shire and Rovuma Rivers: The Husband - The Indian Ocean: Ship's Captain - Britain: Author and Father - Lakes Nyassa, Tanganyika and Moeru; The Explorer - Ujiji and Unyanyembe: Scoop - To Chitambo's Village: The Dying Man - From Africa to Westminster Abbey: Venerated Leader - From Blantyre to Westminster Abbey: Neither Saint for Failure - Appendix: Livingstone's Alleged Love Child - Bibliography - Index

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MERIEL BUXTON read Law at St Hugh's College, Oxford and is a qualified but non-practising solicitor.

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