This is one of those books which defies all expectations. It is a beautifully-produced, inexpensive title which has become a much talked-about and award winning favourite.
Judith Schalansky’s Atlas of Remote Islands, subtitled Fifty Islands I have not visited and never will, is that rarest of things, a coffee-table book which is actually worth reading. It combines elegant pointillist illustrations of fifty of the most remote and hostile islands on earth with fable-like narratives of their histories on the facing page. It’s beautifully produced too and the typography throughout also worthy of mention.