The Immeasurable World

ISBN
9780571319749
Published
06/06/2019
9780571319749
Format
Paperback
Price
£10.99
Paperback
416

About the Book

WINNER OF THE STANFORD DOLMAN TRAVEL WRITING AWARD 2019

One third of the earth’s land surface is desert, much of it desolate and inhospitable.

What is it about this harsh environment that has captivated humankind throughout history?

Travelling to five continents over three years, William Atkins discovers a realm that is as much internal as physical. From the contested borderlands of the USA to Australia’s nuclear test zones, via Nevada’s riotous Burning Man festival and the ancient monasteries of Egypt, he illuminates the people, history, nature and symbolism of these remarkable but often volatile places.

WINNER OF THE STANFORD DOLMAN TRAVEL WRITING AWARD 2019One third of the earth’s land surface is desert, much of it desolate and inhospitable. What is it about this harsh environment that has captivated humankind throughout history? Travelling to five continents over three years, William Atkins discovers a realm that is as much internal as physical. From the contested borderlands of the USA to Australia’s nuclear test zones, via Nevada’s riotous Burning Man festival and the ancient monasteries of Egypt, he illuminates the people, history, nature and symbolism of these remarkable but often volatile places.
  • William Atkins

    William Atkins’s first book, The Moor, was shortlisted for the Thwaites Wainwright Prize. He works as an editor and his journalism has appeared in the Guardian and Granta. In 2016 he was a recipient of the British Library Eccles Prize. He lives in London.

“Sublime . . . William Atkins is one of the best makers of sentences around.”
- Olivia Laing, author of Crudo and The Lonely City
“A treat for desert lovers . . . Atkins is a gifted and interesting writer, with a deft turn of phrase and an original mind. He uncovers the many guises of the desert with much imagination, insight and wit.”
- Spectator

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