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The Age of Islands by Alastair Bonnett

The Age of Islands: In Search of New and Disappearing Islands

Alastair Bonnett

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2 reviews

Category: Non-fiction, Travel
Imprint: Atlantic Books
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Publication date: 7 May 2020
ISBN: 9781786498090

A fascinating exploration of new and disappearing islands around the world, by the author of Off the Map.

4 stars out of 5
7 May 2020

"a fascinating new book"

Why are we fascinated by islands? They’ve always had a certain magic. The word ‘utopia’ comes from a story by Sir Thomas More (as in Henry VIII, Hilary Mantel, etc) in which a king called Utopus creates an island to start a perfect society.

Wanting to ‘get away from it all’ is an understandable human trait, even if at the moment we’re all marooned on our own domestic islands.


4 stars out of 5

"Bonnett expertly covers the different kinds of islands worldwide."

All in all, Bonnett has written a most readable and sympathetic account of the various guises islands can take around the world and rightly points out the ecological consequences of human building projects. He notes the destruction of many sandy islands and sandbanks to feed the global appetite for concrete, saying that ‘nearly all modern artificial islands have a deleterious impact on the environment’. He adds a telling statistic: ‘In just three years, between 2011 and 2013, China used more concrete than the US did in the entire twentieth century.’