Author(s): Robert Twigger
'Not long ago, in a small rubber boat more suited to a beach than the Nile, I floated downstream for ten kilometres, from my suburb to the city centre. I passed an island where, according to legend, Moses was left in his basket; a few kilometres farther downstream was the spot where Joseph and Mary landed after their flight to Egypt. The Nile won't let you get away from history because it's the source in more ways than one.' From his back garden Robert Twigger can see kingfishers swooping and crocodiles emerging from the grey-green expanse of the Nile. Never ending, as wide as a lake in places, the Nile continually snakes its way north to the sea. It's a river steeped in history, and as Twigger searches for its source and probes its ancient, biblical and more contemporary existence, he uncovers the Nile's bloody, murderous past. In reality, the colour most associated with the churning waters of the Nile is blood red. Whether tracking Cleopatra's great journey up the river by boat with Caesar, investigating the attacks of the Nile crocodile (the deadliest creature on earth), exploring the context of Agatha Christie's DEATH ON THE NILE or that of the assassination of President Sadat, Twigger's history of the river is both hugely atmospheric, definitive and incredibly violent.
An intimate biography of one of the world's natural wonders.
Crocodiles, dams, feluccas, pharaohs and papyrus, disputation about sources, literary and riverine, myths and realities of fecundity: only someone as crazy as Robert Twigger would attempt to tell the whole story of the Nile from soup to nuts, yet in Red Nile that's exactly what he has done, filtering the vast flood of his subject matter through an infectious individual style -- Giles Foden CONDE NAST TRAVELLER Using the physical presence of the river, the tumultuous recent events that have occurred along it and his own experiences... Twigger succeeds in capturing the key features of Africa's greatest river: that it is wide-reaching as it is long, touches every era of human history, from nobility to the baseless violence that has so often stained the waters red -- Anthony Sattin THE SUNDAY TIMES
Robert Twigger won the Somerset Maugham and William Hill Sports Book of the Year awards for Angry White Pyjamas. Big Snake was filmed for Channel 4.