A Bend in the Nile
My life in Nubia and other places
‘As the soldiers exchanged smirks I knew I had committed a blunder. They would see this as an attempt to question their status. Challenged in front of his friends, the youth who was making all the fuss would feel compelled to react. My heart missed a beat when he stretched behind him to pick up a rifle.’
In this absorbing account Chris McIvor discovers Africa, finds a culture of openness and hospitality he never expected, travels through the desert, along the Nile, and finally visits the war-locked region of Chad. Often in danger, and reliant on the kindness of strangers, he comes to love the wide territory known as Nubia and takes the first steps of his life’s work in overseas aid.
‘A thought-provoking and well-written book . . . introduces us to a host of colourful characters . . .transports us to many places we will only ever read about in the newspapers.’
-Gordon Calder, Caithness Courier
‘In (his) new book . . . Chris is a naive, intelligent and curious young man who immerses himself in the local community.’
-Annie Brown, The Daily Record