The Age of Islands

In Search of New and Disappearing Islands

Alastair Bonnett
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A fascinating exploration of new and disappearing islands around the world, by the author of Off the Map.

'Extraordinary... A fascinating and intelligent book.' - Sunday Times

New islands are being built at an unprecedented rate whether for tourism or territorial ambition, while many islands are disappearing or fragmenting because of rising sea levels. It is a strange planetary spectacle, creating an ever-changing map which even Google Earth struggles to keep pace with.

In The Age of Islands, explorer and geographer Alastair Bonnett takes the reader on a compelling and thought-provoking tour of the world's newest, most fragile and beautiful islands and reveals what, he argues, is one of the great dramas of our time.

From a 'crannog', an ancient artificial island in a Scottish loch, to the militarized artificial islands China is building in the South China Sea; from the disappearing islands that remain the home of native Central Americans to the ritzy new islands of Dubai; from Hong Kong and the Isles of Scilly to islands far away and near: all have urgent stories to tell.

Author bio:

Alastair Bonnett is Professor of Social Geography at Newcastle University. His previous books include Off the Map, Beyond the Map, New Views: The World Mapped Like Never Before, What is Geography? and How to Argue. He lives in Newcastle.

Category: Travel writing
ISBN: 9781786498120
Publisher: Atlantic
Imprint: Atlantic PBS
Pub Date: September 2021
Page Extent: 256
Format: Paperback - B format
Subject: Travel writing