Enter this month's book competition to win a copy of The Waterless Sea: A Curious History of Mirages by Christopher Pinney, the first book devoted to the theories and history of mirages.

Mirages have long astonished travellers and beguiled thirsty desert voyagers. Chinese poetry depicted mirages as the exhalations of clam-monsters. From the late eighteenth century to the present, mirages became a symbol of ‘Oriental despotism’, a malign, but also enchanted, emblem. More commonly they convey a sense of escape, of fascination, of a desire to be deceived.

Christopher Pinney navigates a sinuous pathway through a mysterious and evanescent terrain, showing how mirages have impacted politics, culture, science, and religion, and how we can continue to learn from their sublimity.

How to enter

One winner will win one copy of The Waterless Sea: A Curious History of Mirages. To be in with a chance of winning, please answer the question below. Good luck!

Question: Author Christopher Pinney works at which university?

Please email your answer to with Waterless Sea Competition in the subject field.

The competition will close at 6pm on Friday 29th June 2018.

We're sorry but the competition is only open to UK residents aged 18 and over. Please see our full terms and conditions here.

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