"After wowing the world with Sixty Degrees North ... Tallack's second book is shaped by the same clear, sharp prose and keen curiosity. Packed full of intelligent musings on everything from religion to astronomy, alchemy to the occult."

National Geographic Traveller


The Un-Discovered Islands is an exploration of some of the world’s strangest places, by writer Malachy Tallack and illustrator Katie Scott. 

Gathered in this book are two dozen islands once believed to be real but no longer on the map. These are the products of imagination, deception and human error. They are phantoms and fakes: an archipelago of ex-isles and forgotten lands.

From the well-known story of Atlantis to more obscure tales from around the globe, from ancient history right up to the present day, this is an atlas of legend and wonder, of places discovered and then un-discovered.

The Un-Discovered Islands is out now in the UK (Polygon) and North America (Picador).

"A book as thought-provoking as it is engaging, as smart as it is funny, created with real devotion and writerly skill" The Big Issue

"This is a splendid and wistful book" The Spectator

"Tallack is an engaging and fluent writer of essential kindliness" The Scottish Review of Books

"It's a joy to island-hop through the book" National Geographic Traveller

"Intrepid intellectual fun" The Herald

"Tallack teases all this out with great wit and subtlety" The Scotsman

"A beautiful and fascinating read" Books & Socks

 Photograph by  Paul Bloomer

Photograph by Paul Bloomer

Malachy Tallack is from Shetland, but now lives in Glasgow. His first book, Sixty Degrees North, was a BBC Book of the Week in 2015. As a singer-songwriter he has released four albums and an EP, and performed in venues across the UK. He is contributing editor of the online magazine The Island Review.

Malachy's website


Katie Scott is a freelance illustrator based in London. She has previously worked with the New York Times, the BBC and Universal Records. She is the illustrator of Animalium and Botanicum

Katie's website


To see more of Katie's illustrations from the book, watch the introductory video below.