Christopher Ondaatje

Riddle of A River

The Quest for the Secret Nile

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Chaucer Press 192pp £20 order from our bookshop

The manuscript of this book was incomplete when the author, Guy Yeoman, died in 1998. It is by far the best thing ever published on the sources of the Nile and goes a long way to finally disproving the accepted but erroneous theory that John Hanning Speke found the origin of the Nile when he ‘discovered’ Lake Victoria in 1858. The lake is not the source. It is, however, one of the two great reservoirs for that river, the other being Lake Albert.

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