Book review – geography

‘Islandia’: map of Iceland , complete with sea monsters, from the 16th-century Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius

How a faulty map led to the discovery of America

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Reflecting on the genesis of Treasure Island, the adventure yarn that grew from a map of an exotic isle he…

Lands of legend: from the Auroras to Atlantis

12 November 2016 9:00 am

The Un-Discovered Islands could not be more different in substance — though it is similar in style — to Malachy…

Kathmandu is famously reputed to have more temples than houses, more idols than residents

Kathmandu — or don’t

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Although Nepal’s earthquake last April visited our television screens with images of seismic devastation, the disaster has probably had little…

Morning mist in the valleys of northeast Dartmoor, seen from the summit of Brent Tor

What can we do with Dartmoor?

13 June 2015 9:00 am

In his poem ‘Eden Rock’, Charles Causley conjures up a dreamy memory of a childhood picnic ‘somewhere beyond Eden Rock’.…

An alternative map of Britain: caves, canals, megaliths and ley lines

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Picture the map of Britain. Its strangely cadaverous shape, blobs of population and routes between them seem as familiar as…