The Age of Islands

In Search of New and Disappearing Islands

Alastair Bonnett

RRP: £9.99

1 July 2021

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786498120

RRP: £16.99

7 May 2020

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786498090

RRP: £7.99

7 May 2020

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786498113

‘Extraordinary… A fascinating and intelligent book.’ Sunday Times

New islands are being built at an unprecedented rate whether for tourism or territorial ambition, while many islands are disappearing or fragmenting because of rising sea levels. It is a strange planetary spectacle, creating an ever-changing map which even Google Earth struggles to keep pace with.

In The Age of Islands, explorer and geographer Alastair Bonnett takes the reader on a compelling and thought-provoking tour of the world’s newest, most fragile and beautiful islands and reveals what, he argues, is one of the great dramas of our time.

From a ‘crannog’, an ancient artificial island in a Scottish loch, to the militarized artificial islands China is building in the South China Sea; from the disappearing islands that remain the home of native Central Americans to the ritzy new islands of Dubai; from Hong Kong and the Isles of Scilly to islands far away and near: all have urgent stories to tell.