A fascinating investigation of our ability to navigate: from the earliest humans, to cutting-edge spatial neuroscience, and the increasing loss, in today's world, of our ability to find our way.
Michael Bond, who won the British Psychology Society Prize 2015 for The Power of Others, is a freelance journalist and former senior editor and reporter at New Scientist.
Fascinating . . . Bond offers stories of phenomenal feats of
navigation . . . Ultimately, "we are spatial beings" and
Wayfinding skilfully and at times movingly makes the case
for how deeply that is true. * Sunday Times *
In this fascinating book about our gift for what Michael Bond calls wayfinding, he makes a compelling case that our ancient abilities to get from A to B aren't just a matter of geography. * New Statesman *
Michael Bond's fascinating, incisive account of how the human brain evolved to keep us orientated throws up intriguing questions about how we live today . . . Beautifully written and researched; I hugely enjoyed this book. -- Isabella Tree, author of Wilding
To understand anything, we first need to put it in some sort of order. A sense of direction is essential to the development of intelligence. Does this mean our world of automated travel and route-dictating apps is making us stupid? Michael Bond investigates in Wayfinding. * New Scientist *
One of the most fascinating books I have read for a long while, not least because of how it opens up so many other subjects. * Scotsman *
I hope this book will inspire people to explore and experiment with [their navigational] abilities, for if they do, they will be in for a wonderful surprise. -- Robin Knox-Johnston
An excellently researched popular science book which explains how people - including experienced travellers - get lost, and why some individuals have superior navigational skills than others. * Spectator *
A fascinating excursion into the very nature of exploration. Absorbing stuff. -- Benedict Allen
Compelling . . . Don't be afraid to lose yourself in these pages: you won't be disappointed. * The Lady *
If this was only a science book about how we navigate - Inuit methods, explorers' feats, extraordinary animal abilities, brain scans, men v women - it would be compellingly good. However, Michael Bond goes further: he weaves in stories of people who got lost, from long-distance walkers to dementia sufferers, looking at what happens in the mind. And threaded through the book is a thoughtful argument about how our ability to find our way is integral to our nature - and how it is being undermined by technology * Sunday Times *