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Duration: 1 hour

Aminatta Forna tells the story of legendary Timbuktu and its long-hidden legacy of hundreds of thousands of ancient manuscripts. With its university founded around the same time as Oxford, Timbuktu is proof that the reading and writing of books have long been as important to Africans as to Europeans.

Last on

Thu 13 Jun 2013 00:45 BBC Four

Credits

Presenter
Aminatta Forna
Producer
Richard Trayler-Smith

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