The Un-Discovered Islands
The Un-Discovered Islands
An atlas of mythical and un-discovered islands
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Winner of the Edward Stanford Illustrated Travel Book Award
Critically acclaimed author Malachy Tallack returns 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 are 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 Botanicum.
Visit the official Un-Discovered Islands website run by Malachy himself here.
‘Tallack has gathered two dozen islands that have similarly appeared and disappeared over the ages. He explains the myth-making and establishes the facts without erasing the romance of these places that never were. His words are perfectly complemented by Katie Scott’s gorgeous illustrations’ – Michael Kerr, Telegraph Travel Books of the Year
‘intrepid intellectual fun, and Katie Scott’s bold illustrations give an exotic colour to the pages’ – Sunday Herald
‘This is a splendid and wistful book’ – Stuart Kelly, The Spectator
‘A book as thought-provoking as it is engaging, as smart as it is funny, created with real devotion and writerly skill’ – Doug Johnstone, The Big Issue
‘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
‘One of the best new travel books’ – The Guardian
‘This is a book to cherish and to dip in and out of when time allows’ – Lovereading
‘Malachy Tallack is an engaging and fluent writer of essential kindliness’ – John MacLeod, The Scottish Review of Books
‘Tallack teases all this out with great wit and subtlety’ – The Scotsman
‘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
‘Tallack’s handsome book examines twenty-four deflated legends… Readers of Tallack’s acclaimed travelogue Sixty Degrees North will know of his gift for introspective exploration. He puts this to good use here, deriving a satisfying emotional argument from [the un-discovered islands’] clash of sentiment and fact.
‘Tallack’s handsome book examines twenty-four deflated legends … Readers of Tallack’s acclaimed travelogue Sixty Degrees North will know of his gift for introspective exploration. He puts this to good use here, deriving a satisfying emotional argument from [the un-discovered islands’] clash of sentiment and fact’ – TLS
Malachy Tallack has written for the New Statesman, the Guardian, Caught by the River and many other publications, online and in print. He won a New Writers’ Award from Scottish Book Trust in 2014, and the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2015. He is from Shetland, and currently lives in Glasgow.
Katie Scott is the illustrator of Botanicum, and of the best-selling Animalium, which was chosen as the Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Year, 2014. She studied illustration at the University of Brighton and is inspired by the elaborate paintings of Ernst Haeckel.