Joined Feb 26 2010
Tim Butcher is an English journalist, broadcaster and best-selling author.
Born on November 15 1967 in Rugby, Warwickshire, UK, he was educated at Rugby School, and Magdalen College, Oxford University.
He is the author of Blood River: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart, an account of his journey through DR Congo overland from Lake Tanganyika and down the Congo River, following the route of Henry Morton Stanley's 1874-1877 trans-Africa expedition. The book was published by Chatto & Windus, an imprint of Random House, in 2007 and reached Number 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller list in March 2008. Translated into six languages Blood River was the only non-fiction title in the Richard & Judy Book Club 2008 and was runner-up for the top prize at the 2008 British Book Awards winning more votes from members of the public than any other non-fiction. It was shortlisted for the 2008 Samuel Johnson Prize, the UK's most prestigious non-fiction literary award, the Dolman Best Travel Book Award 2008 and the Writers' Guild of Great Britain 2008 Best Book award. It was also longlisted for the 2008 Orwell Prize, Britain's pre-eminent award for political writing.
Between 1990 and 2009 he was on the staff of The Daily Telegraph, holding a series of positions including leader writer, war correspondent, Africa Bureau Chief and Middle East Correspondent. He is a regular contributor to the prestigious BBC radio programme From Our Own Correspondent and has written for numerous British, US and international publications.
His new book, Chasing The Devil, also to be published by Chatto & Windus, describes a 350 mile trek he made through Sierra Leone and Liberia following a trail blazed by Graham Greene, a trip immortalised in Greene's first travel book, Journey Without Maps, published in 1936. Chasing The Devil is due to be released in late 2010.
In 2009 Tim wrote a chapter for Because I Am A Girl, a compilation of stories focusing on the plight of young women and girls in the developing world. Due to be published in January 2010 by Vintage, an imprint of Random House, the book was the brainchild of a Plan International, a leading children’s rights aid group. Tim’s chapter, called Bendu’s Dream, is a fictionalised account of life in rural West Africa.
Also in 2009, Tim was made a member of the Global Stewardship Group, a joint initiative between The Desmond Tutu Peace Centre and Humanity United, an American philanthropic society, designed to work to stop atrocities and acts of mass violence. The group held its first full meeting in Cape Town, October 2009.
In February 2010 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Northampton in the United Kingdom for service as a journalist and author.
Tim divides his time between Cape Town and Northamptonshire. He lives with his girlfriend and their two children.