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Turning each page of this sumptuous book is a constant delight. The maps, masterful drawings and sepia photographs illustrate the massive achievements of 33 men and women who acquired invaluable geographical knowledge from little known corners of the world
In her youth, Kapka Kassabova would spend family holidays on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast. Tourists from across Eastern Europe were drawn to this ‘shop window of the Communist bloc’ but the sense of tension was palpable
This well-organised and beautifully produced book highlights the careers of those who have been hopelessly seduced by the desert’s spell; romantics, explorers, adventurers, solitaries and escapees – all victims of desert seduction – many who ‘travel for lust of knowing…
Having everyone agree about the location of zero degrees longitude seems like the most obvious idea in the world. It makes all manner of measurements a good deal easier. As Charles Withers’ compelling book explains, however, the battle to establish…
There are a few strange ways to describe a group of owls, a ‘parliament’ being the most popular and undeniably the most endearing. In the case of The House of Owls, Tony Angell’s new book, however, ‘a stare’ might be…
As Ghobash points out, his eldest son is only two decades years younger than him, and yet is growing up in a radically different world than he did, thanks to the intense, turbo-powered globalisation through which modern technology and extreme…
Deep in the vast rainforests of Honduras, in a region called La Mosquitia, lie some of the last unexplored areas of the planet. According to legends, it is also the location of a lost city known to some as Ciudad…

HELIGOLAND by Jan Ruger

As the distinguished German historian, Jan Ruger, describes, never under-estimate the influence and power of strategically small islands and the giant political rivalries that ensue

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