For fans of travel and travel writing, this may well be the perfect gift this Christmas – particularly if they are also fascinated by islands and maps. This beautifully designed book by German author Judith Schalansky tells the story of the islands she visited through research, while stranded behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany.
As she says in her excellent introduction, “Anyone who opens an atlas wants everything at once, without limits – the whole world. This longing will always be great, far greater than any satisfaction to be had by attaining what is desired. Give me an atlas over a guidebook any day. There is no more poetic book in the world.”