December 4th 2012 at 7.00pm
Set in the Regency period, at a time when it was widely believed that Timbuctoo was literally the fabled ‘golden’ city of the Sahara, this is the extraordinary tale of a young American seaman found starving in the snow bound streets of London in 1815, who claimed to have been a guest of the King of Timbuctoo. An astonishing tale based on true-life endurance, Tahir Shah’s epic novel Timbuctoo brilliantly recreates the obsessions and whims of the Regency, as a backdrop for one of the greatest love stories ever told.
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Monday 01 October 2012 at 15:00 pm
County Buildings, Main Hall
In the bowels of the London Library one day, writer and documentary-maker Tahir Shah came across The Narrative of Robert Adams, written by an early 19th-century American sailor who was shipwrecked in West Africa and held as a slave in Timbuktu before escaping to London. Shah, the author of 15 books translated into more than 30 languages, discusses his novel inspired by Adams’ story, and the west’s enduring fascination with Timbuktu.