Tim Butcher is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and best-selling author. His first book, Blood River, used an account of an epic journey he made through the Congo to unravel the region’s turbulent history. It was an international best-seller, was translated into six languages and was shortlisted for a number of British awards including the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Dolman Best Travel Book Award and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Best Book award. For his second book, Chasing the Devil, he trekked 350 miles through Liberia on the trail of a whisky-steeped Graham Greene. His third book, The Trigger, was published in 2014 to coincide with the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.
As a journalist Tim specialised in awkward places at awkward times reporting on conflict in the Balkans, Middle East, Africa and south Asia. He has written for a wide range of international publications and was on the staff of the Daily Telegraph from 1990 to 2009.
In 2010 he received an Honorary Doctorate for service as a writer and was made Patron of Save the Congo, a British-based charity. Born in Britain in 1967, he is based in Cape Town with his girlfriend and their two children.