Photograph © Tim Butcher
Tim Butcher is a bestselling author, journalist and public speaker. His first book, Blood River, took an account of an epic journey made through the Congo to unravel the turbulent history of this troubled country. It became Britain's most talked about travel book of recent years, a number one bestseller and was translated into six languages.
Tim covers a broad range of topics as a keynote speaker and has addressed audiences around the world. As an adventurer he inspires corporate audiences covering themes such as Teamwork, Motivation, Risk and Leadership. He is equally able to cover topics on Africa, ranging from the socio-economic to conflict resolution, aid and culture.
Tim was a journalist at the Daily Telegraph from 1990 - 2009, serving as chief war correspondent, Africa bureau chief and Middle East correspondent. He specialised in ‘awkward places at awkward times', reporting on the conflict in the Balkans, the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. He has written for a wide range of publications including the New York Times and The Economist and is a regular contributor to the BBC's prestigious programme From Our Own Correspondent.
In 2010 he received an Honorary Doctorate for services as a writer and was made patron of Save the Congo (a human rights organisation which promotes the restoration of peace, security and justice in the Congo). Following on from the success of Blood River, and with his continued passion for adventure, Tim turned to the forbidding region of Liberia and Sierra Leone in his second book, Chasing the Devil, published recently to critical acclaim.
» Tim Butcher on BBC 'Meet the Author'
» Tim Butcher on his book, Blood River
» Tim Butcher on his book, Chasing The Devil
» Tim Butcher filmed for 5x15
He is a naturally gifted speaker, versatile and engaging, also quick to formulate answers in live debates. In addition to his innate ability, it was obvious that his talks were well prepared and aimed at the anticipated audience.
Tim stands out even among accomplished public speakers as someone uniquely adept at disarming varied audiences with his remarkable insight and natural, modest charisma, and then leading them on a journey into different worlds and exceptional circumstances. Eloquent and fiercely intelligent, Tim is nevertheless always gracious and self-effacing with his audiences.
The Brenthurst Foundation
You certainly gave our audience a sense of the conditions that you experienced during your journey across the Congo and an understanding of the devastating effect the war has had on the region. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise with us.
The Royal Geographical Society
Books by Tim Butcher.