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Along the Amber Route

St Petersburg to Venice

C.J. Schüler

Along the Amber Route by C.J. Schüler

Shortlisted for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year 2021

Longlisted for the 2021 Wingate Prize

Shortlisted for the Bookmark Book Festival’s Book of the Year Award 2020

Portable and expensive, amber has always been a desirable commodity. C.J. Schüler follows the historic Amber Route from St Petersburg to Venice through three millennia of history. Throughout his journey, current politics and his own family’s experience of persecution and flight are never far from his mind.

RRP: £9.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781913207991
Publication Date: 05/05/2022
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C.J. Schüler
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...


‘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

‘Reveals fascinating tales about amber and its admirers, and shares painful episodes of European history.’

The Times

‘Schüler is the perfect guide to this complex history.’

Vanora Bennett, The Times Literary Supplement


Daily Mail

‘Wonderful account of the story of amber.’

Phillip Adams, Late Night Live on ABC

‘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