Follow This Thread
As a rule, we take care not to get lost, so why should we willingly enter a maze? Illustrated with a single red line, ‘Follow This Thread’ traces dozens of real and historical mazes, and their uses in literature, art, and film, from Pac-Man and Picasso to Kubrick and Kafka. Henry Eliot reveals our abiding, ancient relationship with mazes and labyrinths, and unpicks the paradoxical psychology involved in walking them, combining the myth of the Minotaur with a quest for the legendary Maze King, who disappeared in 1979. The text coils around the pages, recreating the experience of walking a labyrinth, with its twists and turns, frights, and fantasies.
‘Delightful, ingenious and beautifully designed’ Philip Pullman
‘Uniquely magical, each page offers new delights. Many books are described as ‘journeys’ but Follow This Thread really is one’ Alan Connor
‘Beautifully immaculate degree zero prose . . . a coherent and exhilarating experience’ Greg Bright, the ‘Maze King’
Take an immersive journey into the labyrinthine world of mazes
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, co-author of the acclaimed Curiocity, leads us on a twisting journey through the world of mazes, real and imagined, unravelling our ancient, abiding relationship with them and exploring why they continue to fascinate us, from Kafka and Kubrick to the myth of the Minotaur and a quest to solve the disappearance of the legendary Maze King. Are you ready to step inside?