Unruly Places

Unruly Places

Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies

Book - 2014
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Alastair Bonnett's tour of the world's most unlikely micro-nations, moving villages, secret cities, and no man's lands shows us the modern world from surprising new vantage points, and is bound to inspire urban explorers, off-the-beaten-trail wanderers, and armchair travellers. He connects what we see on maps to what's happening in the world by looking at the places that are hardest to pin down: inaccessible zones, improvised settlements, and multiple cities sharing the same space.

Consider Hobyo, a real-life pirate capital on the coast of the Indian Ocean, or Sealand, an abandoned gun platform off the English coast that a British citizen claimed as his own sovereign nation, issuing passports and making his wife a princess. Or Sandy Island, which appeared on maps well into 2012, despite the fact that it never existed.

Illustrated with original maps and drawings, Unruly Places gives readers a new way of understanding the places we occupy. It's a stunning testament to how mysterious the world remains today.

Publisher: Toronto :, Viking,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780670067183
Branch Call Number: ANF 910 BON
Characteristics: xvi, 270 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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Sep 25, 2018

What we haven’t done to the world and to one another. The strange places you’ve never heard about; the cities underground no one knew about; the islands that never existed and then disappeared. The things your Geography teachers (probably) never told you about. Author Bonnett is a practicing Georapher and has written this book (I presume) to share with you and me, the abstruse of Geography. And he has succeeded indeed. Read this book with Google Earth at hand. Recommended even to non-Geographers.

Sep 07, 2017

I loved this book. Very readable, with a great mix of philosophy and description. Just a few times I needed more physical description of the unruly place - the author occasionally assumes details that the reader simply doesn't know.

Jul 06, 2017

A thoughtful book about wide-ranging kinds of places, many which we might not have heard of before. A sense of place is important to our sense of self, and yet, it is disappearing as the world becomes more homogenized and developed.

Subjects include lost spaces, hidden geographies, no man's lands, dead cities, spaces of exception, enclaves and breakaway nations, floating islands, and ephemeral places. This book helps one to re-think their sense of place and what it might mean.

A nice addition is the latitude and longitude of some of the places so you can find them on Google maps.

Oct 07, 2015

A very interesting read about places that seem to fall in between in a variety of ways. Inspiring.

Apr 06, 2015

Not typical by any means, Bonnett has you scratching your head as he takes you to places on the planet that you never thought of as distinct locales.

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