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Beyond the Map

Unruly Enclaves, Ghostly Places, Emerging Lands and Our Search for New Utopias

Alastair Bonnett

Beyond the Map

Alastair Bonnett

304 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2018
Cloth $25.00 ISBN: 9780226513843 Will Publish April 2018 For sale in North America only
E-book $18.00 ISBN: 9780226513980 Will Publish April 2018 For sale in North America only
New islands are under construction or emerging because of climate change. Eccentric enclaves and fantastic utopian experiments are multiplying. Once-secret fantasy gardens are cracking open their doors to outsiders. Our world is becoming stranger by the day—and Alastair Bonnett observes and captures every fascinating change.
In Beyond the Map, Bonnett presents stories of the world’s most extraordinary spaces—many unmarked on any official map—all of which challenge our assumptions about what we know—or think we know—about our world. As cultural, religious and political boundaries ebb and flow with each passing day, traditional maps unravel and fragment. With the same adventurous spirit he effused in the acclaimed Unruly Places, Bonnett takes us to thirty-nine incredible spots around the globe to explore these changing boundaries and stimulate our geographical imagination. Some are tied to disruptive contemporary political turbulence, such as the rise of ISIL, Russia’s incursions into Ukraine and the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom. Others explore the secret places not shown on Google Earth or reflect fast-changing landscapes.
Beyond the Map journeys out into a world of mysterious, daunting and magical spaces. It is a world of hidden cultures and ghostly memories, of uncountable new islands and curious stabs at paradise. From the phantom tunnels of the Tokyo subway to a stunning movie-set re-creation of 1950s-era Moscow; from the caliphate of the Islamic State to virtual cybertopias—this book serves as an imaginative guide to the farthest fringes of geography.
I. Unruly Islands

Les Minquiers
The United States Minor Outlying Islands and The United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago
The New Spratly Islands
Bothnia’s Rising Islands
The Philippines’ 534 Discoveries
Wild Strawberries: Traffic Island

II. Enclaves and Uncertain Nations

The Ladin Valleys
The Eruv at Bondi Beach
The Ferghana Valley
The Saharan Sand Wall
New Russia
The Sovereign Military Order of Malta
The Stratford Republic

III. Utopian Places

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
The New Nomads
Nek Chand’s Rock Garden
Helsinki Wild Harvest
City of Helicopters
City without Ground

IV. Ghostly Places

The Phantom Tunnel of Shinjuku Station
The Boys Village
British Graveyard, Shimla
Dau Movie Set
Magical London
Tsunami Stones and Nuclear Markers

V. Hidden Places

Garbage City, Cairo
Off Street View: Hidden Hills and the Slums of Wanathamulla
Trap Streets
The Uncharted Congo
Flat 2, 18 Royston Mains Street, Edinburgh
Yulin Underground Naval Base, Hainan Island
Under Jerusalem
The New Arctic
Conshelf Undersea Station
Review Quotes
Alberto Manguel, coauthor of The Dictionary of Imaginary Places
Beyond the Map is in fact very much a map of our existing world or, better still, of our imagination of the world. Places we never knew were there, places that are there because we’ve dreamt them up so forcefully, places that were there and then vanished into oblivion are all beautifully described in this witty, erudite, original volume that deserves a place between Mandeville’s Travels and Umberto Eco’s Book of Imaginary Lands.”
"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. Along the way Bonnett poses challenging, often uncomfortable, questions about the roles that power, money and identity have come to play in negotiating—or, just as often, dictating—our sense of place...This fine book is an expert, engaged guide to how one might begin to start mapping these often perplexing processes."
Engineering & Technology
"An engrossing look at geographical eccentricities that will be revealing for even seasoned armchair travellers."
"Whether exploring modern legends that suggest that commuters go missing inTokyo’s enormous Shinjuku train station, or chronicling humanity’s search for utopias in cyberspace and perpetual mobility, Bonnett has an eye for the fascinating corners of his subject, not all of which are remote and inaccessible. . . . . There’s much to enjoy here; and a useful warning, too—if one is needed—as to the inadvisability of combining red wine with late-night online shopping."
Geoff Manaugh, author of A Burglar’s Guide to the City
“Fans of Bonnett’s earlier work, followers of Atlas Obscura, and academic geographers in search of a fun read will no doubt find this book essential.”
Bradley Garrett, coauthor of Global Undergrounds: Exploring Cities Within
“At a time when many of us imagine the world as known, measured, bounded, and recorded, Bonnett gives us the gift we most desire—the ability to be surprised again. Beyond the Map takes us on woozy romp through some of the kookiest, eeriest, and most impossible places on Earth, under the sea, and in cyberspace. In challenging us to imagine and explore the great unknown still out there, Bonnett has, once again, made geography sexy.”
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