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Tim Jeal

A gripping and critically acclaimed biography of the most brilliant and misunderstood adventurer in the great age of exploration.

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Henry Morton Stanley was a cruel imperialist – a bad man of Africa. Or so we think: but as Tim Jeal brilliantly shows, the reality of Stanley’s life is yet more extraordinary. Few people know of his dazzling trans-Africa journey, a heart-breaking epic of human endurance which solved virtually every one of the continent’s remaining geographical puzzles. With new documentary evidence, Jeal explores the very nature of exploration and reappraises a reputation, in a way that is both moving and truly majestic.

Critic Reviews

'Superb ... Tim Jeal's absorbing biography will surely be definitive.'

Jane Ridley, Sunday Telegraph
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'Entirely gripping ... a rollicking read, as well as a moving, incisive study of one man's restless, evolving character and ambitions.'

Tom Adair, Scotsman
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Stanley has already been the subject of several major biographies. What does this one add? A great deal. [Jeal] brings to life the jarring paradoxes, the driving demons and the dreams of this extraordinary man... sympathetic yet balanced, perceptive and full of perspective, this is biography at its best.

The Times

Tim Jeal is an acclaimed novelist and biographer, whose Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa’s Greatest Explorer was published by Faber in 2007 and was a BBC Radio Four ‘Book of the Week’. Stanley was named Sunday Times Biography of the Year, and, in the US, won the National Book Critics’ Circle Award in Biography for 2007. Tim’s memoir Swimming…

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