Unruly Places: Lost Spaces Secret Cities And Other Inscrutable Geographies

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Unruly Places: Lost Spaces Secret Cities And Other Inscrutable Geographies

by Alastair Bonnett

Penguin Canada | July 8, 2014 | Hardcover

Unruly Places: Lost Spaces Secret Cities And Other Inscrutable Geographies is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
Alastair Bonnett’s tour of the world’s most unlikely micro-nations, moving villages, secret cities, and no man’s lands shows us the modern world from surprising new vantage points, and is bound to inspire urban explorers, off-the-beaten-trail wanderers, and armchair travellers. He connects what we see on maps to what’s happening in the world by looking at the places that are hardest to pin down: inaccessible zones, improvised settlements, and multiple cities sharing the same space.

Consider Hobyo, a real-life pirate capital on the coast of the Indian Ocean, or Sealand, an abandoned gun platform off the English coast that a British citizen claimed as his own sovereign nation, issuing passports and making his wife a princess. Or Sandy Island, which appeared on maps well into 2012, despite the fact that it never existed.

Illustrated with original maps and drawings, Unruly Places gives readers a new way of understanding the places we occupy. It’s a stunning testament to how mysterious the world remains today.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 9.29 × 6.33 × 1.05 in

Published: July 8, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670067180

ISBN - 13: 9780670067183

Found in: Science and Nature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting book! This book was even more interesting than I expected it to be. The only slight criticism I have is that I wish the author had written a little more about his personal experiences of the places he has visited. But that is a small criticism; the book was well-written and the places described are fascinating. Definitely worth reading.
Date published: 2015-02-23

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Unruly Places: Lost Spaces Secret Cities And Other Inscrutable Geographies

by Alastair Bonnett

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 9.29 × 6.33 × 1.05 in

Published: July 8, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670067180

ISBN - 13: 9780670067183

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Alastair Bonnett’s tour of the world’s most unlikely micro-nations, moving villages, secret cities, and no man’s lands shows us the modern world from surprising new vantage points, and is bound to inspire urban explorers, off-the-beaten-trail wanderers, and armchair travellers. He connects what we see on maps to what’s happening in the world by looking at the places that are hardest to pin down: inaccessible zones, improvised settlements, and multiple cities sharing the same space.

Consider Hobyo, a real-life pirate capital on the coast of the Indian Ocean, or Sealand, an abandoned gun platform off the English coast that a British citizen claimed as his own sovereign nation, issuing passports and making his wife a princess. Or Sandy Island, which appeared on maps well into 2012, despite the fact that it never existed.

Illustrated with original maps and drawings, Unruly Places gives readers a new way of understanding the places we occupy. It’s a stunning testament to how mysterious the world remains today.

About the Author

 Alastair Bonnett is a professor of social geography at Newcastle University. He has contributed to history and current-affairs magazines on a wide variety of topics, such as world population and radical nostalgia. He was editor of the avant-garde, psycho geographical magazine Transgressions: A Journal of Urban Exploration from 1994 to 2000.