South by Merlin Coverley

I picked this up in a Waterstones sale on the strength of the blurb. It’s quite a quirky book, essentially a survey of attitudes to the concept of south. Part history, part cultural survey, it has four main sections: European south, the south Pacific, ‘magical’ souths (including Jorge Luis Borges), and Antarctica.

Illuminating and well written, if a little dense in places, this is a good read for sure, with the second part particularly good. The comparison with northern attitudes is well done.

Not for everyone then, but certainly worth a read if you spot it anywhere.