Author(s): Henry Eliot
Beautifully designed and gorgeously illustrated, this immersive, puzzle-like exploration of the history and psychology of mazes and labyrinths evokes the spirit of Choose Your Own Adventure, the textual inventiveness of Tom Stoppard, and the philosophical spirit of Jorge Luis Borges.
Labyrinths are as old as humanity, the proving grounds of heroes, the paths of pilgrims, symbols of spiritual rebirth and pleasure gardens for pure entertainment. Henry Eliot leads us on a twisting journey through the world of mazes, real and imagined, unraveling our ancient, abiding relationship with them and exploring why they continue to fascinate us, from Kafka to Kubrick to the myth of the Minotaur and a quest to solve the disappearance of the legendary Maze King.
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Henry Eliot grew up playing in the ancient mizmaze on St Catherine's Hill, just outside Winchester. He is now London-based, where his favourite mazes are the Hampton Court hedge maze, still puzzling after three centuries, the Warren Street Underground tile maze, a time challenge for commuters, and the maze-like Barbican Centre with Michael Ayrton's sculpture of the Minotaur at its centre (known affectionately as Colin). If Henry were to build a maze himself it would be circular with six maze 'cells' arranged as a hexagon and an enclosed mirror maze at the centre.Henry's first book, co-written with Matt Lloyd-Rose, was an alternative A to Z of London called Curiocity, which allows the reader to re-imagine and navigate the city's networks of streets, tube lines, bus routes and pedestrian walkways. He is the creative editor of Penguin Classics.