Beyond the Map
by Alastair Bonnett (Aurum Press, £16.99)
At last year’s Tory Party conference, Theresa May said, “if you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere.” Alastair Bonnett’s playful attempt to re-enchant the world might be read as a subversion of the assumptions underpinning the prime minister’s statement.
Full of rich, strange anecdote, Beyond the Map skips restlessly around the globe, from the islands emerging out of the Gulf of Bothnia, to trap streets—deliberate mistakes introduced by map-makers to flush out plagiarists (though…
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