The Cartography of Others

Short stories that explore the geography of the body and the migration of the heart.

The Cartography of Others is a collection of twenty stories that take place from fumy Accra to the Italian Dolomites, from suburban Sydney to high-rise Hong Kong. Lives are mapped, unpicked, crafted, overturned. Each story inhabits a location that becomes as vital as the characters themselves, men and women who are often far from home, immersed in unfamiliar cultures, estranged from those they hold dear. 

Love is panicked, worn, and tested in this collection that presents a unique way to talk about displacement and sensuality.

About the author

Catherine McNamara's collection Pelt and Other Stories was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Award and semi-finalist in the Hudson Prize, and her short stories have been Pushcart-nominated, shortlisted and published in the U.K., Europe, U.S.A. and Australia. 

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Why We Like It

  • "McNamara’s work has a fierce, vital beat, her stories robust yet finely-worked, her voice striking in its confidence and originality. She writes with sensuous precision and a craft that is equally precise. This is fiction that can stand up in any company."  - Hilary Mantel
  • "Catherine McNamara's haunting stories map landmarks of psychological encounter. Hers is an international canvas, marking the points where contemporary lives cross with sensuality and finesse. Beautiful work." - Cathy Galvin

About the author

Catherine McNamara grew up in Sydney, ran away to Paris, and ended up in West Africa running a bar. She studied African and Asian Modern History and was a secretary in pre-war Mogadishu, and has worked as an au pair, graphic designer, photographer, translator and shoe model. Her collection Pelt and Other Stories was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Award and semi-finalist in the Hudson Prize, and her short stories have been Pushcart-nominated, shortlisted and published in the U.K., Europe, U.S.A. and Australia. Catherine lives in northern Italy and has impressive collections of West African art and Italian heels.

How it works

The book will be delivered in 10 instalments (or staves), one every day. The instalments are delivered to your Pigeonhole bookshelf on your IOS or Android app, plus you can read on our web reader. You will receive an email letting you know when each stave is available.

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