© 2001

David Livingstone

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Meriel Buxton
    Pages 1-7
  3. Meriel Buxton
    Pages 23-42
  4. Meriel Buxton
    Pages 43-57
  5. Meriel Buxton
    Pages 75-87
  6. Meriel Buxton
    Pages 99-110
  7. Meriel Buxton
    Pages 124-134
  8. Meriel Buxton
    Pages 135-139
  9. Meriel Buxton
    Pages 140-150
  10. Meriel Buxton
    Pages 164-172
  11. Meriel Buxton
    Pages 173-175
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 199-215

About this book


A biography of David Livingstone giving a balanced account of his strengths and weaknesses. Revered for years as a saint, he was in fact a much more interesting character, difficult, demanding and unsympathetic but also single minded, determined, patient and outstandingly brave. At ten he worked a fourteen hour day in a mill and at sixty was buried in Westminster Abbey. The first European to cross Africa, he discovered the Victoria Falls and survived shipwreck, attacks by natives and being mauled by a lion.


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About the authors

MERIEL BUXTON read Law at St Hugh's College, Oxford and is a qualified but non-practising solicitor.

Bibliographic information


'...a clear, succinct, and balanced assessment of Livingstone's complex character, achievements and failures and enduring legacy.' - Choice

'...this is an admirably concise, carefully considered and well-argued account of Livingstone's achievements and failures in the light both of his time and ours...warmly recommended as the best possible modern introduction to an extraordinary, if not always very sympathetic character.' - John Spurling, Times Literary Supplement