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 exist do exist. You just need a way to find them.
A collaboration with the cartographer Alan Horsfield, Elborough’s book The Atlas of Improbable Places provides a guide to 51 of the world’s most extraordinary environments.
Among these is the Maryhill Stonehenge in Washington, a replica of England's Stonehenge and a memorial to those who died in the First World War. Another is Slab City, a squatter community near San Diego filled with artfully designed makeshift houses, and a hub for exhibitions and live music. There is also the charming and colourful Welsh village of Portmeirion, designed by Sir Clough William-Ellis and the setting for the 1960s TV series The Prisoner.
Travis Elborough is a freelance writer whose books include The Bus We Loved, a history of the London Routemaster bus, The Long Player Goodbye, a testament to vinyl records, and Wish You Were Here, a survey of the British seaside. He is also a regular contributor to The Observer and The Guardian.