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.
Meet Me in Atlantis is a fascinating travelogue that takes you to gorgeous locations to meet irresistible characters and delves into the heart of our desire to rediscover a lost world. Dan Brown meets Bill Bryson in this highly entertaining, intrepid and insightful armchair travel book. Be fascinated by a puzzle that has held us in thrall for centuries.
Praise for Mark Adams
‘Few mythic places exert a more powerful pull on the imagination than Atlantis, and here the fabled lost city has found its perfect chronicler. Adventurous, inquisitive and mirthful, Mark Adams gamely sifts through the eons of rumor, science, and lore to find a place that, in the end, seems startlingly real indeed—like a vivid dream surfacing from the weird and murky depths of human consciousness.’ Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author of In the Kingdom of Ice
‘The collision between Adams’ youthful zeal and journalistic sensibilities provide an arresting dichotomy to an absorbing search...Fact or fiction, Atlantis, as the author ably demonstrates, still has the power to enthrall inquiring minds.’ Kirkus
‘Adam’s informal prose acts as a remedy transforming an academic topic into a work of travelogue, investigative journalism, and serious philosophical examination.’ Publishers Weekly
‘Writing with the same jaunty style as Turn Right at Machu Picchu, Adams merrily entertains the lost-cities audience.’ Booklist
Meet Me in Atlantis is available in bookshops and online now.