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Atlas of Improbable Places: A Journey to the World's Most Unusual Corners (Unexpected Atlases) Hardcover – October 15, 2016

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“ ‘A compendium of unlikely, curious and plain odd locales’ seems something of a natural habitat for Travis Elborough, a cultural historian with a touch of the Betjemans and a lick of the Meades about him. From deserted mining towns in Nagasaki to the ever-decreasing Holland Island in Maryland, he and cartographer Horsfield do us a great service: making the world feel bigger.”
 
- Monocle magazine

“informative and enthusiastic, scholarly and amusing….once started it’s nigh on impossible to put down.”

- Hackney Citizen

“The photos are a treasure trove. The paper is divine. Travis Elborough’s writing is sublime, and the cartographic skills of Alan Horsfield make this a gift you will not want to part with. So buy yourself something nice this Christmas.

- DJ Magazine

“Guaranteed to whet the appetite of all budding urban explorers and teenagers wondering where to go on their gap year.”

- Metro

“this engrossing book traverses the heights and depths, the beauty and terror, of our world.”
- The Observer

“non-formulaic, deeply researched – and really worth your time.  Co-author and cartographer Alan Horsfield brings a scientific rigour to its scope and design.” 
 
- The Book Club, GQ magazine

“an elegant, atmospheric remedy for creeping world-weariness.”
 
- The Lady

“With its identical towns, global corporations and digital landscapes, the modern world can seem quite uninspiring. But, for the British author Travis Elborough, interesting places do exist, you just need a way to find them.”  
 
- Jocks & Nerds

“This is a deliciously gloomy, sometimes spooky and often kooky collection of essays…”
 
- The Age, Australia

“The author makes a witty and well-informed guide to some of the world’s most curious and bizarre locations.”
 
- World of Cruising magazine

About the Author

Travis Elborough has been a freelance writer, author and cultural commentator for more than a decade now. His book include The Bus We Loved, a history of the Routemaster bus;The Long Player Goodbye, a hymn to vinyl records; and Wish You Were Here, a survey of the British beside the seaside. Elborough is a regular contributor to the Observer and the Guardian but has written for the Times, Sunday Times, New Statesman, the Oldie, TATE etc., BBC History magazine and Kinfolk among others and frequently appears on BBC Radio 4 and Five Live.

ALAN HORSFIELD has over thirty years' experience as a cartographer. Having started his career at the Ordnance Survey of Great Britain, he has created artwork for many publications, most recently as chief cartographer for Reader's Digest World Atlas. Alan lives in Hampshire with his wife and three children.


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  • Item Weight : 1.85 pounds
  • ISBN-10 : 9781781315323
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1781315323
  • Hardcover : 224 pages
  • Product Dimensions : 7.63 x 1 x 10.5 inches
  • Publisher : Aurum Press (October 15, 2016)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : 1781315329
  • Customer Reviews:
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