Quirky, witty, curious and determined are words that have been used to describe travel writer Rosemary Mahoney, who recently moved to Bristol. In Down the Nile, Mahoney utilizes descriptive prose to tell of the time she soloed down the iconic Egyptian river in a small boat. Yes, the River Nile. The book, which has been ranked on “top” lists by Entertainment Weekly and the New York Times Book Review, is raw and gripping; Mahoney’s 120-mile journey took her through a land of civil unrest, which is foreign not only in its geographic location but its long-standing customs and traditions as well. Egyptian women don’t row on the Nile and foreigners are strongly encouraged not to – it’s simply too dangerous. Mahoney relates her confrontations with incapacitating heat, hungry crocodiles and baseless violence, all of which make her adventure even more commendable. We are quite happy to welcome her as a new neighbor to Bristol.