Jonathan appeared on BBC Radio 4’s flagship travel programme, Excess Baggage, to discuss his book 50 Great Adventures, Extraordinary Places and the People Who Built Them.
Travel meets biography in Jonathan’s book – a highly personal exploration of some of the world’s most provocative, revealing and beautifully built structures.
Readers get to explore a global spectrum of extraordinary built spaces, journeying from Lanzarote, home of César Manrique’s Jameos del Agua grotto, a James Bond-style fantasy, to India and Nek Chand’s Rock Garden of Chandigarh, a realisation of a childhood dream; and from Arizona where Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti, a vision for a utopian community, shimmers in the desert, to China’s Forbidden City, conceived by the Ming emporer Young Le to assert his authority over a vast empire.
Guest: Jonathan Lee
Host: Sandi Toksvig
Programme: BBC Radio 4’s Excess Baggage