Exploration, Travel & Travel History
Travel writer Michael Jacobs tells how he braved a journey along Colombia’s River Magdalena, considered by some to be the most dangerous place in the world. A third of the victims of Colombia’s troubled recent history are thought to have ended up in its waters. Jacobs recounts the dangers he faced, meets a Gabriel Garcia Marquez whose memories are fading and visits a township with the highest incidence of early onset dementia in the world. It leads Jacobs to reflect on forgetfulness and forgetting and on the Alzheimer’s and dementia suffered by his own father and mother.
Jacobs is author of several travel books and was shortlisted for the 2004 Thomas Cook Travel Book Prize.