Masters of the Lost Land: The Untold Story of the Fight to Own the Amazon
Heriberto Araujo, Atlantic Books, £20
Heriberto Araujo is a Spanish investigative journalist who spent four years in Brazil writing his second book ‘Masters of the Lost Land’. It tells the story of Maria Joel Dias da Costa, who became a well-known land-rights activist in the Amazon region after her husband was murdered by a local cattleman.
You say in your book that you wanted to write a story about the destruction of the Amazon but instead wrote about a land-rights activist and her murdered husband. What changed your mind?