Travis Elborough has been a freelance writer, author and cultural commentator for more than a decade now. His book include..The Bus We Loved, a history of the Routemaster bus;The Long Player Goodbye, a hymn to vinyl records; and..Wish You Were Here, a survey of the British beside the seaside... Elborough is a regular contributor to the Observer and the Guardian but has written for the Times, Sunday Times, New Statesman, the Oldie, TATE etc., BBC History magazine and Kinfolk among others and frequently appears on BBC Radio 4 and Five Live.
"If you are one of those people whose mind is beginning to wander long before the bread sauce has gone cold, there should be only one book on your Christmas wish list this year... Atlas of Improbable Places by Travis Elborough and Alan Horsfield has that rare, through-the-wardrobe quality. It is a delightful compendium of the strangest places on the planet..." * Daily Telegraph *
" `A compendium of unlikely, curious and plain odd locales' seems something of a natural habitat for Travis Elborough, a cultural historian with a touch of the Betjemans and a lick of the Meades about him. From deserted mining towns in Nagasaki to the ever-decreasing Holland Island in Maryland, he and cartographer Horsfield do us a great service: making the world feel bigger."
* Monocle magazine *
"non-formulaic, deeply researched - and really worth your time. Co-author and cartographer Alan Horsfield brings a scientific rigour to its scope and design."
-- The Book Club * GQ magazine *
"This is a deliciously gloomy, sometimes spooky and often kooky collection of essays..."
* The Age, Australia *
"The author makes a witty and well-informed guide to some of the world's most curious and bizarre locations."
* World of Cruising magazine *
"With its identical towns, global corporations and digital landscapes, the modern world can seem quite uninspiring. But, for the British author Travis Elborough, interesting places do exist, you just need a way to find them."
* Jocks & Nerds *
"informative and enthusiastic, scholarly and amusing....once started it's nigh on impossible to put down."* Hackney Citizen *
"Guaranteed to whet the appetite of all budding urban explorers and teenagers wondering where to go on their gap year."* Metro *
"The photos are a treasure trove. The paper is divine. Travis Elborough's writing is sublime, and the cartographic skills of Alan Horsfield make this a gift you will not want to part with. So buy yourself something nice this Christmas.* DJ Magazine *