William Atkins's The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places will be published by Doubleday in July 2018. His journalism has appeared in The Guardian and Granta. He is a recipient of the British Library Eccles Prize. He lives in London.
Decades after British missionary Mildred Cable arrived in China and became known as "Napoleon," Will Atkins traces her route, from the interminable flatness of Gobi battlefields through the singing sand dunes.