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Voyageur
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Fifteen years before Lewis and Clark, Scotsman Alexander Mackenzie, looking to open up a trade route, set out from Lake Athabasca in central Northern Canada in search of the Pacific Ocean. Mackenzie travelled by bark canoe and had a cache of rum and a crew of Canadian voyageurs, hard-living backwoodsmen, for company. Two centuries later, Robert Twigger decides to follow in Mackenzie's wake. He too travels the traditional way, having painstakingly built a canoe from birchbark sewn together with pine roots, and assembled a crew made up of fellow travelers, ex-tree-planters and a former sailor from the US Navy. Several had tried before them but they were the first people to successfully complete Mackenzie's diabolical route over the Rockies in a birchbark canoe since 1793. Their journey takes them to the remotest parts of the wilderness, through Native American reservations, over mountains, through rapids and across lakes, meeting descendants of Mackenzie and unhinged Canadian trappers, running out of food, getting lost and miraculously found again, disfigured for life (the ex-sailor loses his thumb), bears brown and black, docile and grizzly.
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The new paperback from the best-selling, award-winning author of Angry White Pyjamas, Big Snake, etc As with the Channel 4 Big Snake documentary, a TV tie-in is being planned 'This book is mesmerising from first page to last and deeply, unexpectedly moving' Sunday Telegraph 'Twigger reminds us that the adventurous spirit of the British explorer is alive and well, and Voyageur is a fine addition to the genre' Guardian 'Twigger is a fine raconteur ... (his) book is also an eloquent tribute to the melancholy surrealism of small settlements in the middle of empty space, and the severity and grandeur of wild places' Spectator

About the Author

Robert Twigger won the Newdigate prize for poetry in 1985. He is the author of Angry White Pyjamas, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, Big Snake, The Extinction Club and Being a Man.

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'Witty and vivid... Entertaining throughout' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

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