Books by Marq de Villiers

Born in South Africa, Marq de Villiers is a veteran Canadian journalist and the author of eight books on exploration, history, politics, and travel, including Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource (winner of the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fi

Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Humbling, invigorating analysis."
Veteran travel writer de Villiers (Timbuktu, 2007, etc) explores our planet's destructive tendencies, and it's a thriller. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Fascinatingly recondite, but also fairly deadening: scarcely useable or even readable for most pleasure travelers."
De Villiers and Hirtle (Sable Island: The Strange Origins and Curious History of a Dune Adrift in the Atlantic, 2004, etc.) team up again to tackle the long, knotty history of a metropolis famed as the home of fabulous wealth and Islamic scholarship. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Another finely etched portrait of a strange, romantic place from this accomplished duo. (15 b&w photographs, 3 maps, not seen)"
The longtime Canadian collaborators (Sahara, 2002, etc.) outline the natural and chronological history of a 30-mile crescent of peach-colored sand that still eats an occasional ship for supper. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A thoughtful history of, and popular guide to, the great African desert. (Maps, photos throughout)"
A fully versed and admiring portrait of the Sahara, by travel-writer de Villiers (Water, 2000, etc.) and Hirtle (with de Villiers, Into Africa, not reviewed). Read full book review >
Released: July 7, 2000

"Written with grace and an eye for captivating material, making this catalog of water misuses (past, present, and future) all the more poignant."
A well-researched, fluent summary of the political and biological state of our global water resources, from Canadian author de Villiers (The Heartbreak Grape, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

From Canadian publisher de Villiers (Down the Volga, 1992, etc.): a fruity, complex story of a California winemaker—a tale much like crushed raspberries on a summer's day, with a heartbreaking, underlying silkiness and a faint hint of fresh farm butter. De Villiers tracked down master vintner Josh Jensen at the Calera winery in California after he had unexpectedly been served an incredible domestic but Burgundian pinot noir—``like rubies under fire''—at a small dinner party. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 1, 1992

A Canadian journalist (White Tribe Dreaming, 1988) with a strong knowledge of Russian history travels down the 2,000-mile Volga River. ``Mother and mistress, comrade and beloved, companion and teller of tall tales,'' the Volga is to Russia what the Mississippi is to the US and the Nile is to Egypt. De Villiers once worked as a foreign correspondent in Moscow; recently, when a small group of Russian journalists there told him of their plan to journey down the Volga, he jumped at the chance to join them. Read full book review >