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A Glimpse of North Sudan-bookcover

By: Eric & Clare Lowry

A Glimpse of North Sudan

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North Sudan is a largely unknown, thought-to-be-unsafe land. A Glimpse of North Sudan aims to correct that. This book is far more than a travelogue. From diaries and photographs of a safe, non-alcoholic, wonderful holiday, it tells of a short tour of a smiling poor people with an ancient, frequently violent history, pyramids and tombs in royal cemeteries with wonderful paintings and reliefs to behold. It is a largely desert country but where the Blue and White Niles combine to form a majestic life-giving river on its way to the Mediterranean Sea. In addition, there are descriptions of black Sudanese pharaohs of Egypt, the lifestyle of a Bedouin family along with British involvement in ruling the country (a section on the Battle of Omdurman led by Kitchener with a young, ambitious Winston Churchill in the ranks) and of the civil wars since independence in 1956. Finally, it suggests a way out of the cul-de-sac of poverty and deprivation. This book is a must-read for the general-interest reader of a forgotten, though fascinating, land.
Eric and Clare Lowry, both alumni of Trinity College, Dublin, and respectively a chartered accountant and a solicitor, are adventurous travellers. From Luang Prabang in Laos to the River Napo in Ecuador, from the icebergs in Patagonia to the lagoon of Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, from Aleppo in Syria to the Christian sunken churches of Lalibela in Ethiopia, they each while travelling write daily diaries. Advised by family and friends to avoid Sudan, they set out in November 2017 for a short holiday there. By combining both their diaries and a little history, this book relates their safe experience of a fascinating, forgotten and largely unknown land.
Customer Reviews
17 reviews
17 reviews
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  • JA

    Lovely book.

  • AS


  • FH

    Have learned an awful lot about North Sudan.

  • Dr Hatim El Nour

    A superb introduction to my beautiful country the land of the two Niles and the Black Pharaohs.

  • PW

    Fantastic book. We are so impressed with the descriptions, the history and of course the photos. It really is a chef d’oevre! It is astonishing that you saw and learnt so much in nine days.

  • Chris Rea

    Had it not been for a stray spark from a barbecue, which resulted in a 16 months evacuation from the family home, Eric and Clare Lowry might never have embarked on their unforgettable adventure to Sudan, and this book might never have been written. Much more than a tourist guide, it is a fascinating account of the wonders and complexities of this extraordinary and little understood, part of the world. Superbly researched and richly complemented by photography, it is a work of which the authors can be justifiably proud.

  • DB

    Delightful little book.

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