The Manga is one of Africa's most wild and remote regions: a hostile and unforgiving landscape inhabited by nomads. Situated in south-eastern Niger, in the shadow of the Old Salt Road, it has been mislaid by the modern world; no westerner had been seen there in living memory. The Nomad's Path is a beautifully-rendered account of a journey across this inhospitable region at a time of Tuareg insurgency in 2004 and 2008 . Carr sets out to explore the centuries-old link between the Barbary Coast and the Sahel along the Old Salt Road, while conjuring to life a lost wilderness and those who survive within it. At its heart is the story of a daring journey across the Sahel with the Tubu nomads. With tales of rebellion, lost civilisations, explorers - both intrepid and eccentric - and an epic seventeenth-century odyssey, Carr captures a sense of the intangible nature of the Sahel and delivers an evocative portrait of the Tubu - a people living on the tide-line of the Sahara and the edge of the world.
Alistair Carr, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, has broadcast for the BBC and is author of The Singing Bowl - Journeys through Inner Asia.
'Combines the lyricism of a poet with the analytical insight of a journalist.'
Giles Foden, Conde Nast Traveller
'A brave, unusual and ambitious journey, in the old style of travel that I (of course) welcome. I've never been to any part of the Sahel. But this made me want to go.'
'A remarkable and tenacious adventure in the finest tradition of British travel writing.'
'This is a classic desert travel book, in the best English tradition of Doughty and Wilfrid Thesiger.'
John Ure, Times Literary Supplement
'Like all great explorers, Carr shows empathy and a sense of adventure throughout his journey.'
'Intriguing... evocative... a glimpse into a region largely ignored by the rest of the world.'
Lonely Planet Traveller
‘Alistair Carr’s The Nomad’s Path is the real thing.’
Robin Hanbury-Tenison, Country Life
‘The Nomad’s Path is a superb account of a journey that few think of making...’
Laidback Views blog
'An accessible and readable account... Wilfred Thesiger came to mind while reading this book… but the tale of Carr’s own journey, too, will please anyone who loves deserts.'
'There is more than enough in his oeuvre to confirm that there is something of the crafty magician about Carr's prose, and that when it comes to exploration, he's a writer of the first order.'
Nick Smith, The Explorers Journal
Destination Manga Read
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co LtdHardback
Publication Date: 30 Oct 2013
Number of Pages: 256
Illustrations: 16-32 colour in 16pp plates