A History of the World in 25 Cities – My New Book – OUT NOW

Delighted to say that our new book, A History of the World in 25 Cities, co-written with non-fiction genius Tracey Turner, is out now co-published by Nosy Crow books and the British Museum.

It’s absolutely huge and glossy and very beautiful. In very colourful double page spreads illustrated brilliantly by artist Libby VanderPloeg, the book tells the story of the history of humanity by taking snap shots of key cities at key moments in history.

Each city has an incredible eye-popping city map followed by a spread about life in that city at that time. It has been a labour of love for everyone involved in the project for the last few years. Every page and every map was fact checked by the world’s top historians on that era at the British Museum. The result is an amazing book that children and adults can lose themselves in for hours and hours. It’s the absolutely perfect gift for anybody with an interest in… well, anything!

Please see below for some sample spreads from A History of the World in 25 Cities.

New York City 1931

Our publisher Nosy Crow describes the book as:

A stunningly illustrated book of extraordinary city maps, telling the story of human civilisation throughout history.

A gorgeous, large-format gift hardback with a stunning neon cover, A History of the World in 25 Cities features 25 beautifully illustrated city maps from all over the world, from ancient history to the present day.

Co-authored by award-winning children’s authors Tracey Turner and Andrew Donkin in consultation with specialist curators at the British Museum, readers can visit cities from every inhabited continent on Earth, from the walled city of Jericho built over 10,000 years ago, to the modern-day metropolis of Tokyo, the most-densely populated city in the world today.

Featuring vibrant, beautifully detailed artwork from Libby VanderPloeg, each carefully researched map takes readers on a city tour at a unique moment in time – from exploring Athens in ancient Greece during the birth of democracy, to walking the beautiful lamplit streets of medieval Benin, deep in the West African rainforest. Readers can even visit China’s long-lost capital city of Xianyang – a city for which no original map exists, which was brought to life with support from the British Museum‘s team fantastic team of experts.

Each map is followed by two gorgeously illustrated pages of fascinating information about what life was (or is like) like for the inhabitants of each city, including a bite-sized look at each city in numbers. Packed with countless facts for curious readers to return to again and again, this is a perfect gift for children who want to explore history from around the world.

Each city has a Life In spread telling readers what life was really like.

Cuzco 1510

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