Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will

Author(s): Judith Schalansky

Travel - Narratives | Atlases

Born on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall, as a child Judith Schalansky could travel only through the pages of an atlas. Now she has created her own, taking us across the oceans of the world to fifty remote islands. Perfect maps jostle with cryptic tales from the islands, full of rare animals and lost explorers, marooned slaves and lonely scientists, mutinous sailors and forgotten castaways.


I’ve owned An Atlas of Remote Islands for a while and have dipped into it sporadically, but decided to read it from cover to cover. It is a beautifully designed book (and has won design awards in Germany and Britain), as well as a delight to read. Julia Schalansky takes us on a tour of fifty remote islands – each island is mapped beautifully and has a small story that reveals a particular aspect of the island’s history. - Stella



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Utterly exquisite - Robert Macfarlane Guardian

Gorgeous, lyrical and whimsical Time

Rarely has armchair travel been so farflung and romantic Time Out

By book's end, I felt that I had travelled to all fifty islands Washington Post

Anyone who opens this ... is likely to get as lost as Robinson Crusoe Die Zeit

Judith Schalansky is a writer and award-winning graphic designer, and lectures on typography in Potsdam. She has written a novel and a typographic compendium, Fraktur mon Amour (2006) which has won several design prizes. She lives in Berlin.

General Fields

  • : 9781846143496
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : Particular Books
  • : 0.288
  • : November 2011
  • : 163mm X 110mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Judith Schalansky
  • : Paperback
  • : 08X12
  • : 912.1942
  • : 240
  • : 50 maps and other illustrations