Along the Amber Route:
St Petersburg to Venice
Sandstone Press, 27 February 2020
‘Timely and powerful…’ Sue Gaisford, Financial Times
‘A rich and rewarding read, providing a kaleidoscopic multi-layered view of Central Europe – then and now.’ BookBlast
‘Crisp, quirky dialogue and incisive scene-sketching […] full of incident and anecdote and the oddest facts imaginable. Pure pleasure.’ Ian Thomson, author of The Dead Yard: Tales of Modern Jamaica
‘Artfully woven into these stories is a contemporary travelogue of his experience; a poetic memoir of his experience of constantly moving through these landscapes’ Rachel Lichtenstein, author of Estuary and Rodinsky’s Room
Following the Amber Route from the Baltic to the Mediterranean, C. J. Schüler charts the origins of amber, the myths and legends that have grown around it, and the dazzling artefacts crafted from it and traded along the way. Schüler reflects on the route’s violent history through the centuries, not least his own family’s experience of persecution and flight.
Writers, Lovers, Soldiers, Spies: A History of the Authors’ Club of London, 1891–2016
Authors’ Club, 2016
‘Twinkling and captivating’ Roger Lewis, Daily Mail
‘Packed with anecdotes… reads like a roll call of the greatest British literati’ – Danuta Kean, The Guardian
‘The personal shenanigans of the club’s members… bring this deft little history alive’ – Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday
Where did Oscar Wilde indignantly denounce the censorship of his play Salomé? Where did Arthur Conan Doyle and Jerome K. Jerome read from their unpublished manuscripts? Where did Ford Madox Ford’s lover Violet Hunt leave his clothes after he left her for another woman? Where did Graham Greene drink with Kim Philby and Malcolm Muggeridge? Rarely has such an array of writers gathered under one roof, yet the eventful history of the Authors’ Club has never been written… until now.
Mapping the Sea and Stars
Editions Place des Victoires/Frechmann, 2014
Beyond sight of the coast, there are no landmarks – only the stars above. In order to chart the oceans, it was first necessary to map the heavens. Drawing on the rich map collections of the Royal Geographical Society in London, this illustrated cartographic history traces the intertwined development of astronomy and celestial navigation over the centuries, from the seafarers of the ancient world to today’s GPS systems.
Mapping the City
Editions Place des Victoires/Frechmann, 2012
‘Map porn’ – Claire Armitstead, The Guardian
Eternal, imperial, industrial, provincial… Since its emergence 10,000 years ago the city has had many faces, and today houses half of humanity. Illustrated with 200 of the most significant and beautiful maps in the RGS, this book chronicles a crescendo of expansion and a growing understanding of the urban environment, from Jerusalem to Jakarta, Istanbul to New York.
Mapping the World
Editions Place des Victoires/Frechmann, 2010
‘Beautiful, glorious… extraordinary and very, very collectible’ – Annie Quigley, Bibliophilebooks.com
With 400 historic maps from the RGS collection, explanatory essays and timeline, this lavish book charts our growing knowledge of our planet from the C15th, when seafarers first ventured beyond the known world, to 1914, when few reaches of the globe remained unknown to geographers. More than 13,000 copies sold worldwide.
The Traveller’s Atlas: A global guide to the places you must see in your lifetime
with Nigel Rodgers, John Man et al.
Barron, US/UK eds 1999, 2004, 2007
‘Just the thing to hand a prospective gap-year traveller’ –Daily Telegraph
‘Impressive’ – Glasgow Herald
‘It could make you drop everything and go somewhere that could change your life in an instant…’ – Newsday (New York)
The Settling of North America: The Atlas of the Great Migrations into North America from the Ice Age to the Present
ed. Helen H. Tanner
Macmillan, New York 1995