The Gardens of Mars
A portrait of Madagascar, the world’s fourth-largest island and a place of enduring fascination for its rich biodiversity (including a plethora of endemic species), as well as for its tangled and troubled history.
A journey – both historical and contemporary – among the fantastical landscapes, resourceful inhabitants and isolated tribes of the world’s fourth-largest island of enduring fascination for its rich biodiversity: Madagascar.
‘A beautifully written depiction of the history of this beguiling island’Literary Review
‘Courageous, exploratory, humane and with a wry sense of humour’Spectator
‘A feat of journalism, observation and determination’ Dr Alyson Hitch
‘Wonderfully witty and wry’ Benedict Allen
We think we know Madagascar but it’s too big, too eccentric, and too impenetrable to be truly understood. As well as visiting every corner of the island, John Gimlette journeys deep into Madagascar’s past. Along the way, he meets politicians, sorcerers, gem prospectors, militiamen, rioters, lepers and the descendants of seventeenth-century pirates. Insightful and wryly humorous, here’s an encounter with the people, landscapes, politics and history of one of the most remarkable places on Earth.