is the first title in a new series from BBC Books that explore the
history and natural history of the world's greatest rivers. NILE
is published on 4 March 2004 and accompanies the major new BBC TWO
series of the same name.
by the producers of the series, NILE reveals the true story of the
with an exploration of one of the world's greatest civilisations:
then take a modern journey upstream to where the river splits
into its two main arms: the White Nile and the Blue Nile.
the way, we discover spectacles like the Blue Nile gorge - Africa's
Grand Canyon - where every year the river swells to 400 times
its dry-season size as it rages towards the seas thousands of
miles to the north.
we follow in the footsteps of the great Victorian explorers -
among them Burton, Speke, Stanley and Livingstone - as they raced
to solve the riddle of the river's source, deep in the heart of
brings to light how the ancient Egyptians never understood the floods
that each year replenished the rich farming land along the river's
banks. They invented a complex mythology to explain the cycles of
the river, but the mystery of how the Nile came to be such a powerful,
fluctuating force continued to torment people for thousands of years.
natural barriers south of Egypt always restricted knowledge, but
as centuries passed, explorers braved rapids, swamps, precipitous
gorges, jungles, wild animals and debilitating diseases to push
further and further up the river, each time bringing back new clues.
includes new photography and detailed maps of one of the world's
greatest natural wonders and provides an inspiration for historians,
would-be-explorers and armchair travellers alike.
4 March 2004
Price: £20.00 (HB)
ISBN: 0563 487135
Holmes, Gavin Maxwell and Tim Scoones are based at the BBC's internationally
renowned Natural History Unit and are the producers of the BBC TWO
Holmes joined the NHU in 1988. Since then she has worked on several
projects, including the Sea Trek series, for which she wrote the
accompanying BBC book. She has also filmed in Antarctica for Sir
David Attenborough's Life in the Freezer and produced Wildlife Special:
Polar Bear. More recently, Martha was a producer on the award-winning
The Blue Planet series and was one of the authors of the best-selling
The Blue Planet book.
Maxwell was a director on the innovative Eyewitness television series
before joining the NHU as an assistant producer on Wildlife Special:
Crocodile. He has recently worked as a director and producer on
Predators, Venom and Animals - The Inside Story.
Scoones worked at Oxford Scientific Films for eight years on a variety
of science and wildlife documentaries for National Geographic Television
and Horizon. Since joining the NHU he has produced films for the
highly acclaimed series Andes to Amazon and Animals - The Inside
NILE, the second title in BBC Books' series exploring the history
and natural history of the world's greatest rivers will be YANGTZE,
to be published in September 2004.