Gideon Defoe is the author of The Pirates! book series, and wrote the screenplay for the Oscar-nominated Aardman film The Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists. He has also written about how animals have sex and penned a computer game tie-in novel because he is bad at staying on brand.
'This entertaining atlas of nations that fell off the map is a joyously compiled catalogue of chancers, conmen, madmen, mistakes, lies and far fetches schemes that laid waste the genuine hopes of a nation or exploded the overreaching ambitions of bombastic megalomaniac ... a riot of revisionist history and political ambition' Traveller Magazine 'A whirlwind tour through the pleasingly oddball tales of history's also-rans ... If you're looking for a delightful stocking stuffer for the travel and history aficionado in your life, look no further' Frommers