After taking a degree in English at Oxford University, Chris Schüler embarked on a career in publishing and journalism. He has edited many travel guides, thematic atlases, and other illustrated non-fiction books, and has served on the editorial staff of The Independent and the Rough Guides. His writing and editing has focused on subjects including the history, politics and culture of Central and Eastern Europe, heritage and the built environment, archaeology, classical music and contemporary visual art.
His most recent book, Writers, Lovers, Soldiers, Spies: A History of the Authors’ Club of London, 1891–2016, appeared in 2016. He is also the author of Mapping the World, a history of cartography illustrated from the collections of the Royal Geographical Society. Two further books, Mapping the City, published in French as La Ville, and Mapping the Sea and Stars appeared in 2012 and 2014. He is also the co-author of the transatlantic bestseller The Traveler’s Atlas.
His articles have appeared in The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, The Financial Times, The Tablet, The New Statesman and other publications, and his photographs of ancient places have appeared in books published by Penguin and Time-Life. He holds diplomas in Field Archaeology (Birkbeck College) and German (the Open University), and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Numismatic Society. For the past four years he has served on the reading panel for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award, and in 2008 he was elected chairman of the Authors’ Club.