Sandstone Press

Along the Amber Route by C.J. Schüler

RRP: £16.99
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781912240913
Publication Date: 27/02/2020

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Along the Amber Route
St Petersburg to Venice

C.J. Schüler

Following the Amber Route from the Baltic to the Mediterranean, C. J. Schüler charts the origins of amber, the myths and legends that have grown around it, and the dazzling artefacts crafted from it and traded along the way. Schüler reflects on the route’s violent history through the centuries, not least his own family’s experience of persecution and flight.

C.J. Schüler

C.J. Schüler portrait

C.J. Schüler is the author of three illustrated histories of cartography: Mapping the World, Mapping the City and Mapping the Sea and Stars and co-author of the best-selling Traveller’s Atlas...

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‘This timely and powerful book is more than an enticing travelogue or a paean to amber.’
-Sue Gaisford, Financial Times

‘Packed with intriguing diversions through former Soviet states, the author's journey begins in St Petersburg's Amber Room and intertwines with the story of his grandfather's flight from Nazi Germany.’
-Lonely Planet

-Daily Mail

‘A rich and rewarding read, providing a kaleidoscopic multi-layered view of Central Europe.’

‘Crisp, quirky dialogue and incisive scene-sketching [...] full of incident and anecdote and the oddest facts imaginable. Pure pleasure.’
-Ian Thomson, author of The Dead Yard: Tales of Modern Jamaica

‘Artfully woven into these stories is a contemporary travelogue of [Schüler’s] experience; a poetic memoir of his experience of constantly moving through these landscapes’
-Rachel Lichtenstein, author of Estuary and Rodinsky’s Room

‘An excellent book, and perfect holiday reading. Deeply moving.’
-Edward Biddulph, Oxford Archaeology