Edward Brooke-Hitching is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling trilogy The Phantom Atlas (2016), The Golden Atlas (2018) and The Sky Atlas (2019), as well as The Madman's Library (2020), all of which have been translated into numerous languages; he is also the author of Fox Tossing, Octopus Wrestling and Other Forgotten Sports (2015). He is a writer for the BBC series QI. A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and an incurable cartophile, he lives surrounded by dusty heaps of old maps and books in London.
'A fabulous book, good enough to eat with a spoon!
Marvellous.' -- John Lloyd, creator of QI
'A sumptuous new book on the quest to find out where we are, where we're going and where be dragons.' * Big Issue *
'This beautiful book takes 37 great expeditions...accompanied with rare maps of the time, which...illustrate the exploratory urge, or "the extraordinary stories of how the world came to be known". As the author writes, "Maps are alive with stories." And this adventuresome volume is too.' * Strong Words *
'Perfect for the armchair adventurer historian, this is a rich visual exploration of some of the most beautiful charts ever created.' * National Geographic *