The Magic Carpet's Guide to Earth's Forbidden Places
Explore 19 real-life, off-limits locations
Written by Patrick Makin, illustrated by Whooli Chen
Hardback; 310 x 256 mm (P); 80pp
Published October 2020
If you could explore anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
Hop on your magic carpet and fly across the globe to discover the secrets of 19 off-limits locations, from Area 51, to the Vatican 'Secret' Archives, to Bouvet Island – the remotest place on Earth – to the heavily-guarded Queen's bedroom.
Explore places you never thought you would be able to visit, including natural wonders, historic sites, places of danger and cultural curiosities, and discover why they have been shrouded in secrecy from the rest of the world…
Patrick Makin's first job as a writer was as a war correspondent in Yemen, however, when he decided that being bombed and shot at really isn't all it's cracked up to be, he moved to Bristol and cut his teeth working as script-editor for Aardman. From plasti-cine creatures to real life was quite a leap but he still likes to bring a lighter touch to everything he writes.
Whooli Chen works with a delicate palette and sensitive painterly layers that takes whimsical illustration to another realm. Whooli studied an MA in Illustration at the University of the Arts London, where she found a muse in an urban street fox.