A New Map of Wonders
Hardback $39.99 - Granta
Display & Gift Books - Published: 22/Nov/2017 - ISBN: 9781783781331
A rich and mesmerising investigation of wonder: what it is, why it matters, how to cultivate it, how it has changed over time and what the future of wonderment might be... From divine visions seen in whirlwinds and burning bushes, to the Romantic Era's fascination with the wilds of nature, our sense of wonder has long served as a starting point for experiencing the world. Beautiful, strangely essential, and for a good part of history, often inexplicable, these encounters with wonder have drawn us deeper into the mystery of what it means to be alive, and to confront our collective challenges. But today, in our rapidly accelerating culture, this intuitive celebration of wonder can pass by unnoticed. What might be lost when we overlook wonder in all its daily guises? And how might we cultivate a sense of wonder that is fit for our technologically-advanced time?
Charting these emerging territories with the curiosity and enthusiasm of some of our great explorers, Caspar Henderson's A New Map of Wonders sets out to answer these questions. Starting with our constant struggle to comprehend the cosmos and the wonder of life, before delving into the internal complexities of the body, our mind and our emotions, the book takes us on a personal journey through the transcendent moments we all experience, but seldom reflect upon. At stake here is not just the unpredictable beauty of the everyday, but the promise of a better future for humanity itself. Caspar Henderson has been a journalist and an editor with various publications and broadcasters, including BBC Radio 4, the Financial Times, the Independent, Nature, New Scientist and openDemocracy (where he was senior editor for three years). He is a past recipient of an IUCN-Reuters Award for best environmental reporting in Western Europe. His debut, The Book of Barely Imagined Beings (Granta, 2012), won the Roger Deakin Award of the Society of Authors and the Jerwood Award of the Royal Society of Literature, and was shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science.
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