Monday, 29 November 2010

Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will



An Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will captivated me and transported me from Charing Cross Road (Foyle's books to be exact) to the wild seas of the unknown places, the barely touched, explored, uninhabitable islands of far far away.

This is why I hope and believe that books will continue to exist. This collection is collated with the intellectual rigour of a book of fact but has some of the mystery and wonder of a work of fiction. It is a charming thing, which you could not create yourself and though you could read about these islands on the internet very easily I'm sure you probably wouldn't have the idea to, or the time to find out the little facts the author Judith Schalansky has- the details like the Russian buildings that have been left to sink into ice.

A lovely present for all adventurers- and armchair adventurers.

7 comments:

Marie said...

I completely agree about keeping books alive. I spent a little while in a book shop today and could have bought so many. I love the feel of a book and choosing one to read is always exciting.

The one you mention in this post sounds wonderful, I think J would love it so I might just have to pop into Foyles when back in London soon!

vicki archer said...

Thank you for this idea Rose....I have just ordered it for Christmas...xv

KarenG said...

It sounds wonderful!

Metropolitan Mum said...

Sounds absolutely divine. This might be the book for me this Christmas - especially as our winter sun break seems to get scrapped off the list due to budget restrictions...

The Daily Connoisseur said...

This sounds great- right up my alley!

lady jane grey said...

Thank you, Rose - a perfect present for my brother (he's autist and never moves from home, but loves "somewhat different" travel books). As you can think it's very difficoult to find the right present for him.

Lewis William said...

What a wonderful idea... I like to think I am a hybrid of adventurer, which must make it perfect for my bedside table.

Hoping you are well! x