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Gone to Timbuctoo

About... Gone to Timbuctoo (1962)

Gone to Timbuctoo was the first novel published under the name John Pearson.


Not a tooth is knocked out, not a kidney bashed in... The claim of this novel to be an outstanding thriller rests on altogether less obvious grounds. The characters are odd but rarely violent. Their aims are bizarre and their methods usually unorthodox. Their story is one of a strange and constantly maintained suspense.


It is based on a journey from Dakar to the River Niger and up through the remotest part of West Africa to Timbuctoo. It is here that the climax of the book occurs.


Winner of the Author's Club First Novel Award.


"A first novel of exceptional brilliance - exciting, perceptive, wryly amusing." - Malcolm Muggeridge

john pearson the author