Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders
- 20 Sep 2016
- 480 pages - 266 x 177 x 54mm
Talk about a bucket list: here are natural wonders—the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that's so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants. Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan's 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell, a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England. Created by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton, ATLAS OBSCURA revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvellous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, it is a book to enter anywhere, and will be as appealing to the armchair traveller as the die-hard adventurer. Anyone can be a tourist. ATLAS OBSCURA is for the explorer. 'Atlas Obscura may be the only thing that can inspire me to leave my apartment' Lena Dunham, creator of Girls and author of Not That Kind of Girl
'My favourite travel guide! Never start a trip without knowing where a haunted hotel or a mouth of hell is' Guillermo del Toro director of Pan's Labyrinth
'What a strange and wonderful book! It is as curious and surprising as Saddam Hussein's very own Blood Qu'ran-written in his own blood-that I would never have known about had I not read Atlas Obscura' Jon Ronson author of The Men Who Stared at Goats and The Psychopath Test
'Life is short. Our planet is filled with curiosities and marvels...and this book is your guide!' Philippe Petit high wire artist and explorer
It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.