For those who love history, geography, archaeology, travel and nature, this book is a fascinating - if sad - look at the world as it once was. To consider the Great Barrier Reef and Great Wall of China in their glory in the past, it is heart-breaking to think of them crumbling and decaying.
Of course, lost cities and vanished places do have an air of mystery and an almost magical sense of discovery, so it's not all doom and gloom. Far from it, as the glorious maps, photographs and illustrations make this an exciting book. Included in many of the entries are bits of folklore and tasters of ancient civilisations, such as the Mayans (one of my childhood fascinations) some that have totally disappeared and some simply buried under water or by forests.
Interesting too, is how rivers have changed course or lost an arm and forests have been wiped out through various reasons. Glaciers shrinking at an alarming rate changing the landscape before our very eyes. All these vanishing places.
This is a book to dip into as each entry is discrete. It is engaging in style and easy to understand and accessible to all. Happy to have it in my collection.
WINNER Illustrated Book of the Year - Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2020
Published by Quarto Publishing Group White Lion Aurum on 23 August 2022. First Edition (ebook) 17 September 2019.
Advanced review copy supplied by the publisher.