William Atkins is a freelance editor and journalist with particular interest in marginal landscapes and ethical travel writing. His second book, The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places, is based on William's three-year journey on five continents and illuminates the people, history, topography, and symbolism of these remarkable but often troubled places. It won the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award in 2019.
A former editorial director of Pan Macmillan UK, William grew up in Hampshire and now lives in London. His journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement and Granta. In 2016 he was a recipient of the British Library Eccles Prize, and his first book, The Moor: A journey into the English wilderness, was shortlisted for the 2015 Thwaites Wainwright Prize.