James Attlee

As a writer I have concentrated on exploring the territory that immediately surrounds us and which therefore gets overlooked. I cling to the belief that almost any location, if we give it enough attention, will reveal itself to be full of interest. I wrote a book called Isolarion, about taking a journey down a multi-cultural street in my own neighbourhood. Why go to the other side of the world, I asked, when the world has come to you? In Nocturne: A Journey in Search of Moonlight, I focused on the moon and the light it casts, re-forging a connection broken by light pollution and the frenetic pace of modern life. Although both these books were largely researched on foot, they were written up on the train I took to work each morning.

My most recent book was Guernica: Painting the End of the Worldwhich traces the story of one of the 20th century’s best-known paintings from its creation in 1937 to the present day.

North Sea: A Visual Anthology was published by Thames & Hudson on 30 March 2017.

You can find information about my books, talks, broadcasts and other activities here

I can be contacted at jamesattlee (at) talktalk (dot) net

Photograph (c)Albert Masias

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