Archive of Author | Alastair Bonnett

Alastair Bonnett is Professor of Social Geography at Newcastle University. His books include Off the Map (2013), What is Geography? (Sage, 2008) and How to Argue (Pearson, 2001). He has also contributed to history and current affairs magazines on a wide variety of topics, such as world population and radical nostalgia. Alastair was editor of the avant-garde, psychogeographical, magazine Transgressions: A Journal of Urban Exploration between 1994-2000. He was also involved for many years in situationist and anarchist politics. His latest research projects are about memories of the city and themes of loss and yearning in modern politics.

Articles with Alastair Bonnett


Off the Map and Beyond

In his book, ‘Off the Map: : Lost Spaces, Invisible Cities, Forgotten Islands, Feral Places and What They Tell Us About the World’, Professor of Social Geography, Alastair Bonnett, presents a stunning testament to how mysterious our planet still is. From forgotten enclaves to floating islands, from hidden villages to New York gutter spaces, ‘Off the Map’ charts the hidden corners of our planet. His forthcoming books ‘Beyond the Map: : Unruly enclaves, ghostly places, emerging lands and our search for new utopias’ and ‘New Views: The World Mapped Like Never Before’ reveal how geography is getting stranger.

In this exclusive interview he discusses these books and his ‘love of place’