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Beyond the Map (from the author of Off the Map)
Unruly enclaves, ghostly places, emerging lands and our search for new utopias
Geography is getting stranger. Out there, fleets of new islands are under construction and micro-nations are struggling into the light. As new borders and boundaries ebb and flow with increasing speed, it feels as if our old maps are being discarded, redrawn or torn up.
Alastair Bonnett uncovers the stories of thirty-nine extraordinary places, each of which challenges us to re-imagine the world around us. From emerging islands, disruptive enclaves and bold utopian visions to uncanny ruins, ghostly tunnels and hidden landscapes - these are destinations that lie beyond ordinary coordinates.
A follow on from the critically acclaimed Off the Map, this is a timely and fascinating discussion of place, ownership and ideas of state.
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What Reviewers Are Saying
`...as much a kind of "39 places to see before you die" tour as it is a guide to reimagining places you may visit or have visited in the course of your own travels. Try finding such a place on a map during your summer travels, actual or armchair.' * The Hindu * `The British geography professor Alastair Bonnett has a flair for communicating his passion for "the glee and the drama, the love and the loathing" that emanate from the earth's most perplexing and mutable places. Prudently, he has gathered 39 of these protean zones between two covers, so readers will know what on earth (or water) he's talking about. Bonnett's provocative detours show us how much more we can know of the known world, if we know where to look, and how.' * The New York Times * "An engrossing look at geographical eccentricities that will be revealing for even seasoned armchair travellers." * Engineering & Technology * "...plenty to enjoy for readers interested in areas of the world with strange and surprising histories ....an intriguing whistle-stop tour of diverse attempts to create and define a sense of place and belonging." * BBC World Histories magazine * "Bonnett has an eye for the fascinating corners of his subject... There's much to enjoy here..." * Geographical magazine * "Full of rich, strange anecdote, Beyond the Map skips restlessly around the globe... This fine book is an expert, engaged guide to how one might begin to start mapping these often perplexing processes." * Prospect magazine *