Photographic Books

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Abandoned Civilisations: The Mysteries Behind More Than 90 Lost Worlds

Kieron Connolly, 224pp hb ISBN 9781782746676, RRP £19.99

Ruined cities overgrown by jungle. Towns buried beneath the ground. Statues lying half- hidden in the sand. Why do civilisations collapse? Why are towns abandoned? And how do once mighty cities come to be forgotten about? From the pyramids of Egypt to the ruins at Angkor in Cambodia and on to the mysteries of the Easter Island moai statues, Abandoned Civilisations is a brilliant pictorial work examining lost worlds. What emerges is a picture of how vast societies can rise, thrive and then collapse. We admire how whole cities develop, but equally fascinating is what happens when their moment has passed. From the 9th century temples at Khajuraho in India which were lost in the date palm trees until stumbled across by European engineers in the 19th century to Mayan pyramids in the Guatemalan jungle to Roman cities semi-buried – but consequently preserved – in the North African desert, the book explores why societies fall and what, once abandoned, they leave behind to history. With 150 striking colour photographs exploring 100 worlds, Abandoned Civilisations is a fascinating visual history of the mysteries of lost societies.

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Celtic Castles

Celtic Castles by Martin J. Dougherty, 224pp hb
Some of the most romantic castles in the world are found in the British Isles, France and Ireland. Now largely ruined, in their dilapidation these strongholds have gained an air of mystery and beauty. With 150 outstanding colour photographs, Celtic Castles is a brilliant exploration of worlds gone by.

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Bridges

Bridges by David Ross, 224pp hb
From ancient abandoned aqueducts to today’s feats of engineering, Bridges is a pictorial celebration of 200 suspension bridges, iron bridges and stone bridges; viaducts, flyovers and railway bridges; footbridges and bamboo bridges. Arranged chronologically, the entries, whether famous or little-known, range from China to Japan, India to Iran, Europe to America.

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Lighthouses by David Ross, 224pp hb
Taking examples from all around the world, this book features lighthouses in a variety of weathers – from storms to tranquil waters to those that have become ice palaces. From working lighthouses to eerie, abandoned ones, from remote headlands to estuaries, this celebrates 150 structures and the stunning vistas that surround them.

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Paris

Paris by Alastair Horne, 224pp hb
In 150 striking images, Paris celebrates the French capital, from its world-famous landmarks to scenes of everyday life, beautiful alleyways and corners that might surprise you. Presented in a landscape format and with captions explaining each image, this is a stunning collection of images from the city of light.

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Italy

Italy by Claudia Martin, 224pp hb
From Lake Como to Tuscan vineyards, from beautiful beaches to Venice’s canals, from the magnificence of classical Rome to Renaissance Florence, there is just so much to feast on in Italy. Featuring 150 outstanding colour photographs and informative captions, Italy is the perfect celebration of this glorious country.

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Ireland

Ireland by Martin J. Dougherty, 224pp hb
Featuring images from both the Republic and Northern Ireland, this book includes 150 outstanding photographs celebrating the island’s most evocative places, whether in nature or man-made, from immense beaches to the Mourne Mountains, from pretty fishing villages in County Cork to Dublin’s elegant Georgian streets.

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Abandoned Castles by Kieron Connolly featured in Mail Online – link here

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