Distinguished travel writer Michael Jacobs unveiled his latest book in London on November 6 entitled The Robber of Memories: A River Journey Through Colombia. Jacobs marked the occasion with festive food, drink and music from Colombia, a place to which he developed an ever closer bond when navigating the Magdalena river.
Ed Vulliamy from The Observer writes that “as Jacobs navigates the mysterious river and distant land, he also explores great questions about our time, lives and deaths, and about banality, the end of adventure … Jacobs loves this land and its people. Like Colombia itself, the river had become ‘with all its beauty, dangers and violent history, like a drug to which … I had become addicted’.” It is as much an account of the Magdalena’s history and its meaning for Colombia as it is an insight into Jocobs’ personal struggle with his parents’ mental demise and death.
Jacobs is an Honorary Researcher of the Hispanic Studies Department at Glasgow University and writes regularly for The Telegraph, Financial Times, The Observer, The Guardian, The Independent and El País. As well as writing, the British-Italian travel enthusiast is a regular broadcaster on Spanish National Radio, and a chairman of the Dolman Travel Book Award.
The book launch was hosted at the multi award-winning Moro restaurant in the Angel area of London. Owners Samuel and Samantha Clark are close friends of Jacobs’ and helped throw together a rich and delicious mix of Colombian dishes for the evening. La Papayera, a traditional Colombian band in London, got the crowd to dance and cheer to their Merengue and Vallenato tunes. And Moro’s long bar served JUNA cocktails all night, made from Colombia’s GUANÁBANA, LULO, MANGO and MORA fruits.
A true Colombian moment on a Sunday night in November, in the middle of London. Unforgettable, despite the title of Jacobs’ new book.
Read the full review of Jacobs’ book from The Guardian.
The Robber of Memories: A River Journey Through Colombia
by Michael Jacobs
Published: 1 November 2012, Granta Books
Hardback, Demy HB
138x216mm, 256 pages