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on 13 April 2011
A very interesting book full of facts about places you may never have heard of. The idea of a small girl living under the then East German regime with only an atlas to stimulate her mind as to what lay outside her own country is very moving. I recommend the book wholeheartedly
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on 4 August 2013
The most beautiful book ever from the hard cover to the beautiful edged pages. Magical stories about about lonley islands that are brought to life by the beautiful drawings. l loved it, a real find. I have already bought several copies for dear friends.
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on 30 January 2013
You aren't supposed to judge a book by its cover but in this case you should. It is a wonderful book, engagingly written and the illustrations are intense and detailed, yet minimal and striking. It looks delightful on my bookshelf too.
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on 26 December 2013
Very beautifully presented book - no surprise that it won a prize for the most beautiful book. But it's also full of (admittedly fairly useless!) facts about places I will never see for myself. Original and enjoyable.
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on 13 August 2015
One of the most most beautiful books you will come across. In a world where technology makes the world feel so small it is a great reminder of all those unsung remote corners of the world that carry on without us.
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on 26 June 2013
This is a delight: a quiet tour of an imaginary world and a peek into the mind of an artist with a kind of wonderful OCD.

Lovely to look at, to hold, to browse and to think about.
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on 14 January 2015
The reasons given for babies on Hirta (St Kilda) dying because their mothers milk was contaminated because their diet was fulmars is incorrect. The reason was that the 'old wives' smeared fulmar oil on the severed umbilical cord which caused septicaemia which killed the infant. The deaths stopped completely when a qualified nurse was brought to the island and persuaded mothers to stop the practice. One does hope that all the other information in this book is correct.
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on 2 March 2015
an absolute gem of a book, very old fashioned altas feel which helps with the content...a trip around the remote islands with amazing stories, I hope the author does a follow up.
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on 14 May 2013
This is a clever and interesting book. Anyone wanting to explore the most remote parts of the planet should aim to visit the islands Judith Schalansky has not!
Tim Earl
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on 7 July 2014
Lovely book, fantastically presented and illustrated. The writing is beautiful, it's a coffee table book you'll take to bed with you and tell all your friends about
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