From H.P. Lovecraft to Philip Pullman, popular culture has long been lured by the magnetism of the north. Why does it command such fascination? How far into the past does its appeal extend? Ranging from the Stone Age to the Space Age, this new book’sĀ bold vision of cosmology maps how the pole star became associated with political power, religious rapture, and social hierarchies. And when the Copernican Revolution shattered the idea of Earth as the centre of everything, shards of this polar cosmos fell down, seeding strange fantasies, haunting our modern world with remnants of celestial dreams… More

‘A big visionary sweep executed with erudition and imaginative insight.’

— Patrick Harpur, author of Daimonic Reality