‘Dr Livingstone, I presume?’
Adventurer and journalist Henry Morton Stanley asked this simple question upon discovering the seriously ill explorer on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, in the remote African settlement of Ujiji in October 1871.
‘Yes, and I feel thankful that I am here to welcome you,’ came the stiff-upper-lipped response.
The quote is part of the legend of Victorian exploration. Whether it was actually said or not is open to debate. But the spirit of adventure embodied in this event, as well as some remarkable and largely unknown facts surrounding it, certainly mark the inspiration for this book.
It was a golden era of discovery when the sun never set on the British Empire.
Dr David Livingstone had returned from ...