Author(s): Henry Eliot
As a rule, we take care not to get lost, so why should we willingly enter a maze? Illustrated with a single red line, Follow This Thread traces dozens of real and historical mazes, and their uses in literature, art and film, from Pac-Man and Picasso to Kubrick and Kafka.Henry Eliot reveals our abiding, ancient relationship with mazes and labyrinths, and unpicks the paradoxical psychology involved in walking them, combining the myth of the Minotaur with a quest for the legendary Maze King, who disappeared in 1979. The text coils around the pages, recreating the experience of walking a labyrinth, with its twists and turns, frights and fantasies.
Henry Eliot grew up playing in the ancient mizmaze on St Catherine's Hill, just outside Winchester. He is now London-based, where his favourite mazes are the Hampton Court hedge maze, still puzzling after three centuries, the Warren Street Underground tile maze, a time challenge for commuters, and the maze-like Barbican Centre with Michael Ayrton's sculpture of the Minotaur at its centre (known affectionately as Colin). If Henry were to build a maze himself it would be circular with six maze 'cells' arranged as a hexagon and an enclosed mirror maze at the centre.Henry's first book, co-written with Matt Lloyd-Rose, was an alternative A to Z of London called Curiocity, which allows the reader to re-imagine and navigate the city's networks of streets, tube lines, bus routes and pedestrian walkways. He is the creative editor of Penguin Classics.