Richard Cockett

Selfish Capital

A Line in the River: Khartoum, City of Memory


Bloomsbury 416pp £21.99 order from our bookshop

In truth, Khartoum has never been much to write home about. It has none of the history, architecture or charm of Cairo, Cape Town or Dakar, to name just a few cities in Africa, let alone anywhere else, to compensate for its drabness, poverty and parochialism. Given its majestic location, at the confluence of the White and Blue Niles, Khartoum really should have done better, especially when it was the capital of the largest country in Africa, a status it held until South Sudan broke off in 2011.

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