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Brazil That Never Was
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Brazil That Never Was (Hardback)

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As a boy growing up near Liverpool in the 1950s, Andrew Lees would visit the docks with his father to watch the ships from Brazil unload their exotic cargo of coffee, cotton bales, molasses, cocoa - the ships' names and goods noted down in loving detail in his exercise book.

One day, his father gave him a dog-eared book called Exploration Fawcett. The book told the true story of Lieutenant-Colonel Percy Fawcett, a British explorer who in 1925 had gone in search of a lost city in the Amazon, and never returned. The riveting story of Fawcett's encounters with deadly animals and hostile tribes, his mission to discover an Atlantean civilization, and the many who lost their own lives when they went in search of him, inspired the young Lees to believe that there were still earthly places where one could 'fall off the edge'.Lees travelled to Manaus in Fawcett's footsteps. After a time-bending psychedelic experience in the forest, he understood that his yearning for the imaginary Brazil of his boyhood, like Fawcett's search for an earthly paradise, was a nostalgia for what never was. Part travelogue, part memoir, Lees paints a portrait of an elusive Brazil, and a flawed explorer whose doomed mission ruined lives.

BiographyMemoirsTravel & MapsTravel writingExpeditions Publisher: Notting Hill Editions Publication Date: 28/09/2020 ISBN-13: 9781912559213  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Andrew Lees is a Professor of Neurology at the National Hospital, London. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Academy of Neurology Life Time Achievement Award, the Association of British Neurologist's Medal, the Dingebauer Prize for outstanding research and the Gowers Medal. He is one of the three most highly cited Parkinson's disease researchers in the world. Lees' articles and reviews have appeared in New York Review of Books, The Literary Review, Brain's Dorsal Column, and the Dublin Review of Books. He is the author of several books, including Ray of Hope, runner-up in the William Hill Sports Book of the Year, The Silent Plague and the NHE bestselling Mentored by a Madman: The William Burroughs Experiment

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