Self-confessed archaeology fanatic Mark Adams enthralled armchair travellers with his New York Times bestselling Turn Right at Machu Picchu. National Geographic described it as ‘a serious (and seriously funny) travelogue, a smart and tightly written history, and an investigative report into perhaps the greatest archaeological discovery in the last century’.
His new book, Meet Me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City, combines the smart, funny and investigative into a search for a more elusive destination.
Armed with the works of Plato—who wrote of Atlantis in his dialogues—Adams commences his journey. He investigates theories that involve tsunamis, volcanic explosions, mistranslated hieroglyphics, biblical plagues and asteroid impacts. He visits more than ten countries on three continents. He examines the sites, explores the cultures and meets the people—mathematicians, scientists and sceptics, professionals and amateurs—united by a singular belief in the existence of the most famous of lost cities.
In this piece for the New York Times, Mark describes his journey from Gibraltar to Spain’s Doñana National Park, and from Malta to Santorini, in search of clues. He also spoke to the New York Post about meetings with Michael Hübner, a German computer programmer, who used mapping-data analysis to conclude that the ancient ruins are to be found on the coast of Morocco. With great insight and enthusiasm Adams weaves history, research, mythology and humanity together in this captivating story.
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Tasmania’s renaissance continues in 2015, with Lonely Planet listing it in their top ten regions of the world to visit this year, the rugged and dramatic south-west coast among its most valued attractions. And yet the conflict over environmental protection and economic development remains a constant challenge for the island state.
Deny King forged a life in this remote landscape and, in his unassuming way, brought it to the attention of the world. A painter, tin miner, collector and environmentalist he worked tirelessly to gain recognition for its conservation and saw the area around Melaleuca successfully declared a World Heritage site. He identified several new species of plant, and established a recovery program for the endangered orange-bellied parrot. In later life Deny became a much-admired wildlife painter.
King of the Wilderness: The Life of Deny King brings to life one of the great characters of the Australian bush, a man walkers would trek for days to visit, who was as famous for his ability to forecast the weather as he was for his knowledge of birds and animals.
Catherine Chanter’s novel The Well is a dark and haunting story set in Britain, where it hasn’t rained for three years—except at The Well, an idyllic rural property. And as the world turns envious and suspicious this lush paradise becomes the scene of a dreadful crime.
Catherine answered a few questions about her remarkable debut.
What was the biggest inspiration for the book? There are several themes at work—environmental degradation, media responsibility, personal relationships, madness, trust, ownership of land, responsibility to family and others, religious extremism. Was any of these the driving force behind the story, or the germ from which the story came?
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King of the Wilderness: The Life of Deny King by Christobel Mattingley
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