An Atlas of Extinct Countries

An Atlas of Extinct Countries

Gideon Defoe


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  • Humorous, entertaining, and erudite, this is a work of general interest for curious minds, especially those interested in world geography, history, and the rise and fall of nations.
  • Told in humorous chapters of 3-4 pages each
  • Beautifully illustrated with 43 black and white maps.
  • Allows readers to “travel the world” at a time when they are often isolated at home


  • The amateur historian or geographer
  • Readers who want some escapism with comedy
  • People who wish to know more about colonialism and its damaging effects — but with the added charm of dry, self-deprecating British humor
  • Will appeal to viewers of popular British television show “QI”.
  • Will also appeal to readers of Bill Bryson, and other books that present unusual information in an easy-to-read form, such as Abandoned Places: Where Time Has Stopped by Richard Happer; The Phantom Atlas by Edward Brooke-Hitching; Atlas of Vanishing Places by Travis Elborough.


Gideon Defoe:

Gideon Defoe is the author of The Pirates! book series and wrote the screenplay for the Oscar nominated Aardman film The Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists. He has written about how animals have sex and penned a computer game tie-in novel for Gollancz. He does film development work with Locksmith Animation and Studio Canal, and is developing a sitcom with BBC studios.