About "A New Map of Wonders"

A New Map of Wonders is a book about wonder and things that make the world astonishing.

It will be published by Granta (UK) and Chicago University Press (US) in 2017.

Here is an introductory talk I gave in August 2014 shortly after I started research, but don't take it too seriously as a guide to the book. And here is a short piece on Varieties of Wonder.

Please support me at Patreon as I complete the project!

A list of my talks and events can be found here. For more on The Book of Barely Imagined Beings go here. For a few other things I have written see here.


Image from a 1403 manuscript of Le Livre des Merveilles by John Mandeville. This is thought to be the first depiction of the use of compass on board a ship. Wikimedia

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