book smugglers of timbuktuThe Book Smugglers of Timbuktu – how Mali’s ancient manuscripts were saved

Charlie English

Two tales of a city: The historical race to reach one of the world’s most mythologized places, and the story of how a contemporary band of archivists and librarians, fighting to save its ancient manuscripts from destruction at the hands of al Qaeda, added another layer to the legend.

I’m fascinated because of the South African links to these manuscripts.

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