This month, dis­cov­er Paris and Lon­don in very dif­fer­ent ways. Jan­ice MacLeod’s A Paris Year is a love let­ter to Paris (in illus­tra­tions and words) through the eyes of an artist. On the flip side, Streets of Lon­don : the sto­ry behind London’s most famous streets takes a lay­ered approach, uncov­er­ing some of London’s fas­ci­nat­ing back dou­bles and alley­ways, often passed by and ignored. In a month of con­trasts and dif­fer­ent approach­es, we also fea­ture two books about Antarc­ti­ca. Philip Samartzis, author of Antarc­ti­ca: An Absent Pres­ence, trav­elled south with the Aus­tralian Antarc­tic Divi­sion on sev­er­al occa­sions and his record­ings of the unique sounds of Antarc­ti­ca have been used to cre­ate sound­scape com­po­si­tions which wrap around the words and images in this book. The flip side here is a per­son­al nar­ra­tive lead­ing towards the icy con­ti­nent from rur­al Amer­i­ca, in Andrew Evans’s The Black Pen­guin . Final­ly we have a lit­er­ary bent, with the col­lec­tion of New York Times columns in Foot­prints exam­in­ing the loca­tions that influ­enced famous writ­ers, and The Writer Abroad fea­tur­ing the actu­al trav­el writ­ing of some of the greats. Antarc­ti­ca : an absent pres­ence /​Philip Samartzis. “This beau­ti­ful vol­ume of sound­scape com­po­si­tions, images and […]