River of the Gods

Candice Millard

The harrowing story of one of the great feats of exploration of all time and its complicated legacy from a New York Times bestselling author


ISBN: 9781800752610

Published: January 19, 2023


ISBN: 9781800752627

Published: January 19, 2023


Reviews for River of the Gods

‘River of the Gods is a lean, fast-paced account of the almost absurdly dangerous quest . . . Candice Millard has earned her legions of admirers. She is a graceful writer and a careful researcher, and she knows how to navigate a tangled tale.’ – The New York Times Book Review

Millard’s research and very readable storytelling are admirable. . . Ultimately, the identity of the person who first discovered the source of the White Nile may be a trivial matter. Ms. Millard conscientiously investigates the issue, of course, but River of the Gods is compelling because she does justice to the psyches and behaviour of Burton and Speke—keenly flawed but enthralling, sometimes marvellous people.’ – Wall Street Journal

‘When it comes to narrative nonfiction, she’s the best… I love her books. She has this way of finding a really fresh way of telling an old story.’ – Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of The Splendid and the Vile

‘Bestseller Millard recounts one of the greatest 19th-century British colonial explorations in this fascinating history … Millard’s lushly detailed adventure story keeps a steady eye on the racial power dynamics involved in this imperialist endeavor and brilliantly illuminates the characters of Burton, Speke, and Bombay. Readers will be riveted’ – Publishers Weekly


Candice Millard

Candice Millard is the author of three books, all New York Times bestsellers. Her writing has won the William Rockhill Nelson Award, the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime, the PEN Center USA award for Research Nonfiction, the One Book-One Lincoln Award, the Ohioana Award and the Kansas Notable Book Award. Millard’s work has also appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post Book World, the Guardian, National Geographic and Time magazine. She lives in Kansas City with her husband and three children.