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“Full of rich, strange anecdote”: Review—Alastair Bonnett’s “Beyond The Map”

Theresa May once said, “if you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere.” This book might be read as a subversion of the prime minister’s statement

By Josh Ireland   September 2017

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…

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