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The Un-Discovered Islands An Archipelago of Myths and Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes by Malachy Tallack
  

The Un-Discovered Islands An Archipelago of Myths and Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes

Biography / Autobiography   All Shortlists and Winners   History   The Real World   Travel   
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Winner of The Edward Stanford Travel Book of the Year 2017.

An investigation into an intriguing subject – Islands that feature in myth, even been found on historical maps, they all have one thing in common, they don’t exist - by Malachy Tallack whose 60 Degrees North was published to acclaim recently. I much enjoyed reading about the history of these islands and was frequently distracted by the beautiful full-colour illustrations by Katie Scott, who has previously worked with the New York Times, Kew Gardens and the BBC. This is a book to cherish and to dip in and out of when time allows.

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Synopsis

The Un-Discovered Islands An Archipelago of Myths and Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes by Malachy Tallack

Critically acclaimed author Malachy Tallack returns in the autumn of 2016 with The Un-Discovered Islands, an exploration of some of the world's strangest places.Gathered in the book are two dozen islands once believed to be real but no longer on the map. These are the products of imagination, deception and simple human error. They are phantoms and fakes: an archipelago of ex-isles and forgotten lands.From the well-known story of Atlantis to more obscure tales from around the globe; from ancient history right up to the present day. This is an atlas of legend and wonder, of places discovered and then un-discovered.Malachy's words will be accompanied in the book by glorious full-colour illustrations by Katie Scott, who has previously worked with the New York Times, Kew Gardens and the BBC. She is the illustrator of the beautiful Animalium and the forthcoming Botanicum.

Reviews

'intrepid intellectual fun, and Katie Scott's bold illustrations give an exotic colour to the pages' - Sunday Herald; 'It's a joy to island-hop through the book. After wowing the world with Sixty Degrees North last year, Tallack's second book is shaped by the same, clear, sharp prose and keen curiosity. Packed full of intelligent musings on everything from religion to astronomy, alchemy to the occult' - National Geographic Traveller; 'This has been a vintage year for books about cartography: Malachy Tallack gave us The Un-Discovered Islands - a swashbuckling romp through 20 islands of the imagination, some of which featured on sea charts for centuries before being proven not to exist' - Scotland on Sunday'


About the Author

Malachy Tallack

Malachy Tallack is a young writer and musician who has recently been awarded a New Writers Award by the Scottish Book Trust and an Artist's Bursary by Creative Scotland. He is currently being mentored by John Burnside. He has worked as a reporter on the Shetland Times and his writing has appeared in the Guardian, the New Statesman and the Scottish Review of Books, and in magazines such as Irish Pages, PN Review, Waterlog and Earthlines. In 2013 he launched The Island Review, an online magazine featuring writing and visual arts from islands all over the world.

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Book Info

Publication date

13th October 2016

Author

Malachy Tallack

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Author's Website

www.malachytallack.com/
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Publisher

Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General

Format

Hardback
152 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
All Shortlists and Winners
History
The Real World
Travel

Travel writing
Prose: non-fiction

ISBN

9781846973505

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