Along the Amber Route: St Petersburg to Venice

CJ Schüler with Lee Randall

8 July 2020

Portable and expensive, amber has always been a desirable commodity. CJ Schüler follows the historic Amber Route from St Petersburg to Venice through three millennia of history.

Schüler travels by bus, train and boat for 2,500 kilometres along river valleys, forest paths and Roman roads. His journey traces both the greatest faultlines of European geopolitics and his the story of his forebears. As he explores Romans and Vandals, Teutons and Slavs, empires and the former Iron Curtain, Schüler must also confront his own family history, Nazism and the Holocaust.

This live event took place on Wednesday 8 July, 2020, as part of our #WigtownWednesdays programme


About the author

CJ Schüler is the author of three illustrated histories of cartography: Mapping the World, Mapping the City and Mapping the Sea and Stars and co-author of the best-selling Traveller’s Atlas. His most recent book, Writers, Lovers, Soldiers, Spies: A History of the Authors’ Club of London, 1891-2016 was published in November 2016. He has also written on literature, travel and the arts for the Independent, Independent on Sunday, Tablet, Financial Times and the New Statesman. He was chairman of the Authors’ Club from 2008 to 2015.