Published on 5 July 2022 pre-order now https://www.waterstones.com/book/atlas-of-vanishing-places/travis-elborough/9780711281158
POSTPONED – due to covid – Events: Dark Currents: An Evening of Coastal Noir with Cathi Unsworth and Travis Elborough, Thurs 21 April, 8pm, the Latest Music Bar, Manchester Street, Brighton
‘Since the days of the Regency, when prostitutes and pickpockets worked the promenades, and smugglers the coves and bays, the seaside has always had a seedy underbelly.
And the English seaside can rightfully claim to be the birthplace of the English detective novel. It was in between examining nautical malingerers and Senior Service retirees at his medical practice in Southsea, Portsmouth that Arthur Conan Doyle wrote “A Study in Scarlet” – the tale that in 1887 bequeathed Sherlock Holmes to the world. Nearly a quarter of a century later, in Torquay, a 20-year-old Agatha Christie, recovering from a bout of influenza and bored with eking out the hours at home assembling jigsaws, created the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.
Award-winning authors Travis Elborough and Cathi Unsworth both grew up on the coast – respectively Worthing and Great Yarmouth. Together they will chart the seamier waters of the English seaside, ranging from Patrick Hamilton to Harold Pinter and from Graham Greene to Quadrophenia, and reading from their own works.
Cathi is the author of six pop-cultural crime fiction novels, including the brilliant Weirdo an unforgettable slice of eastern gothic set in a fictional Norfolk resort in the 1980s, and the co-author of Defying Gravity, the life and times of punk icon Jordan.
Travis is the author of Wish You Were Here: England on Sea and Through the Looking Glasses. He hails from a family who ran a pioneering pirate-themed restaurant in Cornwall and was born in Shoreham-By-Sea and raised in Worthing.
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Event: Special screening of How to Marry Millionaire + talk by me, Sunday 10 April 15.30pm, Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley
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I will be appearing at the Laugharne Festival, speaking to Will Burns and Emma Stonex about their novels and telling the story of vinyl and the LP with the aid of a few records from my collection.
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Books: Cover design for the forthcoming paperback edition of the award-winning Atlas of Vanishing Places
Event: What’s Up Doc? film screening and spectacle-movie talk, Friday 25 Feb, The House of Cinema, E17
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Video: Clip here of me interviewing Chris Schüler at the Bookseller Crow, Crystal Palace about his book The Wood That Built London
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Picture: Happy Holidays all and the best for 2022 – Thanks everybody and take care, hope to see some of you again next year
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Event: Author’s Club Lunch, 17 December 12.30 am at National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2HE
Read: Interviewed by Helen Barrett for her piece on Statement Specs in the FT Weekend Life & Arts section
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Travis Elborough, ‘one of country’s finest pop culture historians’ (the Guardian) discusses his eye-opening new history of spectacles, from their inception as primitive visual aids for monkish scribes right through to today’s designer eyewear and the augmented reality of Google Glass. Along the way are encounters with ingenious medieval glassmakers, myopic Renaissance rulers, Samuel Pepys and Dr Johnson, popstars, movie stars, feminist icons and literary heroes – both fictional and real. A visionary examination of what might just be humanity’s greatest invention.
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Books: An honourable mention in James Brown’s lovely review of the Laugharne Weekend Festival in The Daily Telegraph
Books: Hear me talking about Through the Looking Glasses with Neil Denny on his Little Atoms podcast
Event: Laugharne Festival, Friday 1 October, 5pm, Browns Marquee, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, Wales.
Read online here: https://www.opticianonline.net/features/the-goods-a-new-start
In character as Pola from How to Marry a Millionaire, Marilyn is shown on the cover of Through the Looking Glasses, Travis Elborough’s new history of spectacles (alongside jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie, and the ultimate short-sighted movie icon, Michael Caine.) Here’s a sneak peek at the synopsis… “We learn how eyeglasses were the making of […]Marilyn Through the Looking Glasses — The Marilyn Report
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