The Writer's Map
It’s one of the first things we discover as children, reading and drawing: Maps have a unique power to transport us to distant lands on wondrous travels. Put a map at the start of a book, and we know an adventure is going to follow. Displaying this truth with beautiful full-color illustrations, The Writer’s Map is an atlas of the journeys that our most creative storytellers have made throughout their lives. This magnificent collection encompasses not only the maps that appear in their books but also the many maps that have inspired them, the sketches that they used while writing, and others that simply sparked their curiosity.   Philip Pullman recounts the experience of drawing a map as he set out on one of his early novels, The Tin Princess. Miraphora Mina recalls the creative challenge of drawing up ”The Marauder’s Map” for the Harry Potter films. David Mitchell leads us to the Mappa Mundi by way of Cloud Atlas and his own sketch maps. Robert Macfarlane reflects on the cartophilia that has informed his evocative nature writing, which was set off by Robert Louis Stevenson and his map of Treasure Island. Joanne Harris tells of her fascination with Norse maps of the universe. Reif Larsen writes about our dependence on GPS and the impulse to map our experience. Daniel Reeve describes drawing maps and charts for The Hobbit film trilogy. This exquisitely crafted and illustrated atlas explores these and so many more of the maps writers create and are inspired by—some real, some imagined—in both words and images.   Amid a cornucopia of 167 full-color images, we find here maps of the world as envisaged in medieval times, as well as maps of adventure, sci-fi and fantasy, nursery rhymes, literary classics, and collectible comics. An enchanting visual and verbal journey, The Writer’s Map will be irresistible for lovers of maps, literature, and memories—and anyone prone to flights of the imagination.  

The Writer's Map Details

TitleThe Writer's Map
Author
ReleaseOct 11th, 2018
PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press
ISBN-139780226596631
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Art, Language, Writing, Books About Books, Cartography, Maps, Geography, Literature, 21st Century, Reference, Travel, Essays

The Writer's Map Review

  • Vintage
    January 1, 1970
    This book is enchanting! I love it!I bought it for my son as he loves maps, geography, fantasy, history, imagination and the list goes on.For avid readers of children's literature particularly fantasy and magic (Harry Potter, Narnia, LOTR, etc) the book has detailed black and white and color copies of all the popular maps plus more. I've already found one map The Land of Make Believe map which is so charming and would make a great addition to a child's room.There are chapters from either the poi This book is enchanting! I love it!I bought it for my son as he loves maps, geography, fantasy, history, imagination and the list goes on.For avid readers of children's literature particularly fantasy and magic (Harry Potter, Narnia, LOTR, etc) the book has detailed black and white and color copies of all the popular maps plus more. I've already found one map The Land of Make Believe map which is so charming and would make a great addition to a child's room.There are chapters from either the point of view of the author and how maps from other books impacted their imagination and writing as well as one from the illustrator that created the letters and Marauder's Map for the Harry Potter movies. The details of what was needed to create a magical letters map that was beyond the norm was fascinating.This is one of those books that I want to give to each and every long-time fantasy reader and friend as it has so many old literary favorites as well as new ones you will want to explore.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it!It’s one of the first things we discover as children, reading and drawing: Maps have a unique power to transport us to distant lands on wondrous travels. Put a map at the start of a book, and we know an adventure is going to follow. Displaying this truth with beautiful full-colour illustrati I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it!It’s one of the first things we discover as children, reading and drawing: Maps have a unique power to transport us to distant lands on wondrous travels. Put a map at the start of a book, and we know an adventure is going to follow. Displaying this truth with beautiful full-colour illustrations, The Writer’s Map is an atlas of the journeys that our most creative storytellers have made throughout their lives. This magnificent collection encompasses not only the maps that appear in their books but also the many maps that have inspired them, the sketches that they used while writing, and others that simply sparked their curiosity.Philip Pullman recounts the experience of drawing a map as he set out on one of his early novels, The Tin Princess. Miraphora Mina recalls the creative challenge of drawing up ”The Marauder’s Map” for the Harry Potter films. David Mitchell leads us to the Mappa Mundi by way of Cloud Atlas and his own sketch maps. Robert Macfarlane reflects on the cartophilia that has informed his evocative nature writing, which was set off by Robert Louis Stevenson and his map of Treasure Island. Joanne Harris tells of her fascination with Norse maps of the universe. Reif Larsen writes about our dependence on GPS and the impulse to map our experience. Daniel Reeve describes drawing maps and charts for The Hobbit film trilogy. This exquisitely crafted and illustrated atlas explores these and so many more of the maps writers create and are inspired by—some real, some imagined—in both words and images.Amid a cornucopia of 167 full-colour images, we find here maps of the world as envisaged in medieval times, as well as maps of adventure, sci-fi and fantasy, nursery rhymes, literary classics, and collectable comics. An enchanting visual and verbal journey, The Writer’s Map will be irresistible for lovers of maps, literature, and memories—and anyone prone to flights of the imagination.I, too, love maps and have always been drawn to atlases of all kinds. This one was interesting and I really loved the one of Canada, being a Canadian and looking for books that I have read all over that map. Everyone's story and map read as its own chapter/novella which was enjoyable as it was not one that you had to keep reading on and on like an NF book for it to make sense. In fact, you may pick and chose maps like I did to follow your favourite reads and ignore the ones you loathed. (Hobbits, for me!..sheer torturous books those are)A great book for a book lover and those with cartophilia (aka a map lover).
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  • The Bookish Hooker
    January 1, 1970
    The Writer’s Map has to be one of the most interesting concepts for a book that I’ve seen in quite some time. Within its pages, the reader is introduced to the great imaginary literary worlds and the maps that inspired them and the maps that came from their stories and descriptions. The book is divided into several section, with each being written by a current author or illustrator. Details are given as to what fueled their love for writing about faraway places or their experiences that led to t The Writer’s Map has to be one of the most interesting concepts for a book that I’ve seen in quite some time. Within its pages, the reader is introduced to the great imaginary literary worlds and the maps that inspired them and the maps that came from their stories and descriptions. The book is divided into several section, with each being written by a current author or illustrator. Details are given as to what fueled their love for writing about faraway places or their experiences that led to their interest in literary maps. The sections hit upon such famous maps and places as Mordor, The Marauders Map, PL Travers London, Treaure Island and many more. I always appreciate a glimpse into the history of books and the authors who write them, so I was fascinated with this unique topic.I do think a physical book would be the best format for this read, as it would enable the reader a better way to really view all of the details in the photos of the maps provided. Overall, this was truly a unique look into both the history of maps and imaginary worlds and, also the stories behind our favorite authors.I received a free advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Pop Bop
    January 1, 1970
    A Very Mixed Bag of "Story-Maps"Read this book blurb carefully - "The Writer’s Map is an atlas of the journeys that our most creative storytellers have made throughout their lives.". It tells you more about this book than perhaps the publisher intended. A great deal of the text, (and there is a lot of text), is by writers and illustrators who share their personal histories with maps - as children, as readers, as "book lovers", as professional writers, and as artists. The book is illustrated with A Very Mixed Bag of "Story-Maps"Read this book blurb carefully - "The Writer’s Map is an atlas of the journeys that our most creative storytellers have made throughout their lives.". It tells you more about this book than perhaps the publisher intended. A great deal of the text, (and there is a lot of text), is by writers and illustrators who share their personal histories with maps - as children, as readers, as "book lovers", as professional writers, and as artists. The book is illustrated with examples - some familiar, some unique, some prosaic, and some odd and lovely - but for the greater part this is a collection of personal essays, mixed up with a rather disordered and idiosyncratic survey of maps in literature and also maps generally through the ages.There are some hits, (the story behind the Harry Potter Marauder's Map or the challenges of creating the various maps used as props in the "Lord of the Rings" movies), and some juvenilia and ephemera that may be of interest mostly to devoted fans of the Brontes, Thoreau, "Pilgrim's Progress", Arthur Ransome, "Treasure Island", Moominland, and so on. Interspersed through this, (the book has chapter and section headings, but they are more poetic flights of fancy than an actual table of contents), are first person testimonials by a wide and varied cast of writers. These bits range considerably in appeal and interest. (I did think it was especially interesting to compare the maps that were doodled by authors with the final maps that were prepared for publication by professional illustrators based on those doodles.)The maps themselves are first rate, and range from the familiar to the odd, with lots of stops inbetween. The appeal of the text varies, and sometimes the contributors lay it on a bit thick. But there is something for everyone, since the list of contributors is rather impressive. You'll find lengthy essays from Chris Ridell, Cressida Crowell, Robert Macfarlane, Francis Hardinge, Joanne Harris, David Mitchell, Kiran Hargrave, Lev Grossman, Brian Selznick, and a host of other contemporary writers with whom you may or may not be familiar. The upshot for me was that this ended up being a quite satisfying, if somewhat haphazard, browsable book. (Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
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  • Literary Soirée
    January 1, 1970
    I have read a ton in my life but never a book like The Writer's Map, which is a wonder! So captivating to look at and read, this gorgeous book contains the world — literally — within its 167 full-color images. Included are medieval maps and others related to the classics, sci-fi and fantasy, adventure, collectible comics, and nursery rhymes. For readers who fancy maps, literature and high adventure. 5/5Thanks to the author, the University of Chicago Press and NetGalley for the review copy. Opini I have read a ton in my life but never a book like The Writer's Map, which is a wonder! So captivating to look at and read, this gorgeous book contains the world — literally — within its 167 full-color images. Included are medieval maps and others related to the classics, sci-fi and fantasy, adventure, collectible comics, and nursery rhymes. For readers who fancy maps, literature and high adventure. 5/5Thanks to the author, the University of Chicago Press and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine.#TheWriter'sMap #NetGalley
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  • Paul
    January 1, 1970
    Editor Huw Lewis-Jones collects the personal connections, the nuts and bolts of mapmaking, and the history of. Also, a ton of great maps! If you’ve ever dogeared or bookmarked that page in the front of the book, this is for you! It is an absolute joy to discover how storytelling and mapmaking connect and continue to inspire authors.For the full review: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/09/22/th...For all my reviews: https://paulspicks.blog
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  • Etienne
    January 1, 1970
    No really what I was expecting. I would have taken more maps and less writing. This is an interesting concept and the maps are beautiful. Just not necessarily the way I would have done it or wanted it. Good idea but the execution could have been better!
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  • Cheya
    January 1, 1970
    What a delightful book. Different authors talk about their love of maps and how they’ve used maps in their stories. It will make a great coffee table book as you enjoy looking at the pictures of maps featured on literature. Expect more than a coffee book, though. You’ll want to spend time reading the stories that will increase your love of maps. A great present for Christmas.
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  • 1b2gmama
    January 1, 1970
    (I was given a free, digital ARC of this book and the honest thoughts & opinions in the review below are my own.)Love meandering down an unknown road? Love a good book whose setting is so very real in your head? Do you miss the days of sitting in the backseat of your parent's station wagon while on vacation and following the multi-day journey in the big car atlas? Do you use your phone's GPS app daily now? Is your house held together with bookshelves of your favorite reads and must reads? If (I was given a free, digital ARC of this book and the honest thoughts & opinions in the review below are my own.)Love meandering down an unknown road? Love a good book whose setting is so very real in your head? Do you miss the days of sitting in the backseat of your parent's station wagon while on vacation and following the multi-day journey in the big car atlas? Do you use your phone's GPS app daily now? Is your house held together with bookshelves of your favorite reads and must reads? If any of those ring true, then The Writer's Map might be just for you.This is NOT "just a book of maps" nor is it to be regarded as an atlas. Instead, The Writer's Map is a literary cartography book woven together with text to allow the reader to dig deeper into the imaginary lands of books they've read or have always wanted to read as well as thoughts and insights as to what maps of any kind offer a person. I was delighted to come across Steven Spurrier's Swallows and Amazons map for the aptly named book by Arthur Ransome as we are currently listening to that audio book for in our homeschool. My favorite map offered in The Writer's Map is the full-color vintage map for Moby Dick. Created by Everty Henry, the map, as told in marginalia of the book, is said to have been created for a printing company to showcase "its high-quality inks", all in the throws of Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab. That map alone is swoon-worthy. As a bibliophile I also really enjoyed seeing the pencil-sketched map in Jack Kerouc's working notes of On the Road. And the bit of trivia about the typing of the book, is quite a gem! It's little things like that that pop up throughout The Writer's Map which make this collection gift-worthy for all book lovers and a resource to refer to again and again. Although I read this book via the free digital ARC provided to me, I will certainly be buying this as an actual paper-pages book! I highly recommend this book for your own self as well as your go-to for gift giving. It would be a boon to every librarian, English teacher, and bookhound. Map enthusiasts would certainly enjoy this for the originality and vast map collection contained within. This is a must-own for homeschoolers as no reading program, language arts program, English literature curriculum, or bookshelf should be without.
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  • Marc Cooper
    January 1, 1970
    This is a book that needs to be held with two hands. It’s a beautifully printed, heavy thing where the maps provide most of the value. The words (and their authors) are of variable quality, but oh! the maps. The maps printed are not only those from the authors' books, but cover much of printed literature and, indeed, map history. One such is a full page of colour from 1025. It’s printed opposite the map of the Isle of Berk from How to Train Your Dragon.I do think a tighter rein should have been This is a book that needs to be held with two hands. It’s a beautifully printed, heavy thing where the maps provide most of the value. The words (and their authors) are of variable quality, but oh! the maps. The maps printed are not only those from the authors' books, but cover much of printed literature and, indeed, map history. One such is a full page of colour from 1025. It’s printed opposite the map of the Isle of Berk from How to Train Your Dragon.I do think a tighter rein should have been held on the writing in some cases. It’s quite enlightening how many of the storytellers failed to tell a story! That really doesn’t detract from the whole, though; there are less interesting passages in almost every book, but here you can skip over the words while ogling the maps.I am so grateful that this book came to print. It’s a marvellous thing.
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  • Audrey Adamson
    January 1, 1970
    I'll be honest: I didn't read many of the essays. I found most of them to be more about the authors than the actual maps. There were a few that piqued my interest; Phillip Pullman gave an inside look and the creation of the Marauder's Map from Harry Potter was very interesting. The best part of the book was, of course, the maps. There were many beautiful maps of a variety of real places as well as fictional places. I particularly loved looking at all eh different maps of Yggdrasil. This book is I'll be honest: I didn't read many of the essays. I found most of them to be more about the authors than the actual maps. There were a few that piqued my interest; Phillip Pullman gave an inside look and the creation of the Marauder's Map from Harry Potter was very interesting. The best part of the book was, of course, the maps. There were many beautiful maps of a variety of real places as well as fictional places. I particularly loved looking at all eh different maps of Yggdrasil. This book is beautiful but most of the essays are duds.I received an ARC through NetGalley; all opinions are my own.
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  • Tony
    January 1, 1970
    This is a big book, an expensive book; but it's just so beautiful that I couldn't resist it. A collection of articles by various writers and artists - mostly of fantasy - about the imaginary worlds and their maps that they have loved and invented in their own turn. Pages and page of beautiful maps in full colour. From the imagined world of Mappa Mundi and medieval travellers' tales, to Dante's Inferno, Robinson Crusoe's island, Gulliver's travels, Treasure Island, Middle Earth, Narnia, Earthsea, This is a big book, an expensive book; but it's just so beautiful that I couldn't resist it. A collection of articles by various writers and artists - mostly of fantasy - about the imaginary worlds and their maps that they have loved and invented in their own turn. Pages and page of beautiful maps in full colour. From the imagined world of Mappa Mundi and medieval travellers' tales, to Dante's Inferno, Robinson Crusoe's island, Gulliver's travels, Treasure Island, Middle Earth, Narnia, Earthsea, Discworld, and on to the myriad recent fantasy worlds by writers I mostly haven't heard of and certainly haven't read.If this is the kind of thing you love, you'll love this.
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  • Cat
    January 1, 1970
    Absolute pleasure and joy to read this book! I love maps, real and imaginary, and made many when I was growing up. I even created them for my daughter when she was small to enhance Santa letters from the North Pole! This book was a pure pleasure that I can't wait to purchase (I only have a Kindle and it does not do it justice.) I can't wait to get better looks at the maps! But the book it self a wonder! All about the various maps, the inspirations that inspired them, the authors that drew them, Absolute pleasure and joy to read this book! I love maps, real and imaginary, and made many when I was growing up. I even created them for my daughter when she was small to enhance Santa letters from the North Pole! This book was a pure pleasure that I can't wait to purchase (I only have a Kindle and it does not do it justice.) I can't wait to get better looks at the maps! But the book it self a wonder! All about the various maps, the inspirations that inspired them, the authors that drew them, so much wonderful info even map lovers will enjoy them. Great book!I received a Kindle ARC in exchange for a fair review from Netgalley.
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  • Kristine
    January 1, 1970
    The Writer's Map by Huw Lewis-Jones et. al. is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid-October.This book is split into 4 parts: the concept of imagined lands, then writing/creating/reading its maps. A multitude of authors each contribute about implementing geographic and architectural features into print and their love for exquisite and intricate maps of real and storied places & journeys, such as Westeros, the Circles of Hell, Utopia, Marauders Map, Oz, and real atlases from the 1300s to The Writer's Map by Huw Lewis-Jones et. al. is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid-October.This book is split into 4 parts: the concept of imagined lands, then writing/creating/reading its maps. A multitude of authors each contribute about implementing geographic and architectural features into print and their love for exquisite and intricate maps of real and storied places & journeys, such as Westeros, the Circles of Hell, Utopia, Marauders Map, Oz, and real atlases from the 1300s to 1500s. I especially loved Coralie Bickford-Smith contribution on symbolism and the tools & materials used to create maps and give meaning to a book’s world.
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  • Critterbee❇
    January 1, 1970
    Gorgeous collection and discussion about the beautiful maps, real, historic, imagined, created, etc as they have appeared in our favorite books over the years. Featured are the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, Jules Verne, C.S. Lewis, Herman Melville, Robert Louis Stevenson, J.K. Rowling, L. Frank Baum, J.M. Barrie, and more! This was a complete pleasure to read.
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  • Kookie
    January 1, 1970
    Gorgeous pictures and maps. Great for anyone who loves maps in books or maps in general.
  • The Book Addict (Bite-Sized Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    a beautiful compilation of maps: medieval and modern, literary and historical, classical and fantastical. worlds come together in an enchanting visual journey through the human imagination.
  • vaderbird
    January 1, 1970
    Wished it contained so many more maps, but it was overall a very impressive gorgeous book.
  • Kendra
    January 1, 1970
    A collection of writers', cartographers', artists' and scholars' accounts of maps of fictional places and how maps influence and guide fiction writing. While many of the essays included here are beautifully written and thought-provoking, every contributor is white, and although a few mention historical maps of non-Western places or non-Western influences, almost all of the maps and writers and places they cite are also predominantly white. So although I enjoyed reading about how ancient maps spa A collection of writers', cartographers', artists' and scholars' accounts of maps of fictional places and how maps influence and guide fiction writing. While many of the essays included here are beautifully written and thought-provoking, every contributor is white, and although a few mention historical maps of non-Western places or non-Western influences, almost all of the maps and writers and places they cite are also predominantly white. So although I enjoyed reading about how ancient maps sparked writers' imaginations, how some authors begin by making maps of their new worlds, and so on, I was enormously disappointed in the lack of diversity represented in the collection. Where was N.J. Jemison to discuss the geography of the Broken Earth or the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms? Where was Nnedi Okorafor to write about the worlds of Binti or Sunny's Nigeria? Why weren't Amy Tan or Haruki Murakami or other Asian writers included?In addition, it's pretty clear that this book needs to be read in hard copy to be enjoyed. The Kindle edition I read was a terrible mess in terms of layout and design.
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  • Natalia
    January 1, 1970
    I always love it when books include a map, I like to see how the author imagined their story and follow along. This beautiful book is for people like me! It includes the great lands in literature like Narnia, Westeros, the Hundred Acre Wood, Mordor and Hogwarts, and each chapter includes a particular author and his/her land with stories, descriptions, influences and maps. It's a fantastic companion to great literature. This would make a fantastic coffee table book that you can open up again and I always love it when books include a map, I like to see how the author imagined their story and follow along. This beautiful book is for people like me! It includes the great lands in literature like Narnia, Westeros, the Hundred Acre Wood, Mordor and Hogwarts, and each chapter includes a particular author and his/her land with stories, descriptions, influences and maps. It's a fantastic companion to great literature. This would make a fantastic coffee table book that you can open up again and again and get lost in another world.Thank you NetGalley and University of Chicago Press for an advanced copy of this book.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    I have to say I have always had a fascination with maps. As a librarian I hate to say, but I have to say, that too often the maps in books are published in the endpapers and the book pockets and book covers libraries use are glued over the endpapers and the users are prevented from seeing the maps in their entirety. Oftentimes those maps are the most beautiful parts of the books and certainly may be an integral part of the story. As a reader I have often gnashed my teeth over this necessity, but I have to say I have always had a fascination with maps. As a librarian I hate to say, but I have to say, that too often the maps in books are published in the endpapers and the book pockets and book covers libraries use are glued over the endpapers and the users are prevented from seeing the maps in their entirety. Oftentimes those maps are the most beautiful parts of the books and certainly may be an integral part of the story. As a reader I have often gnashed my teeth over this necessity, but I digress...I love the concept of this book. I loved some of the maps it included and some of the stories behind the stories the maps were drawn for. Reading a digital copy isn't the best format for this book, so if you're interested, I would by all means recommend a paper copy.I could of course think of many maps I would have liked to have seen included, but perhaps that just made the reading more fun! Thanks to the publishers and to NetGalley for this opportunity. #TheWriter'sMap #NetGalley
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  • Terrie Case
    January 1, 1970
    When you read a book, your imagination creates a world, town or land. How wonderful it is for the author to share their vision of the book’s world, town or land.In The Writer’s Map, the author explores beautiful maps from great literary books. The Hundred Acre Woods comes to life. The land of the Wizard of Oz is laid out for all to see.My favorites are the map for Peter Pan by Miraphora Mina and the ‘Peter Pan Map of Kensington Gardens’ commissioned by The Underground Railroad Electric Railways When you read a book, your imagination creates a world, town or land. How wonderful it is for the author to share their vision of the book’s world, town or land.In The Writer’s Map, the author explores beautiful maps from great literary books. The Hundred Acre Woods comes to life. The land of the Wizard of Oz is laid out for all to see.My favorites are the map for Peter Pan by Miraphora Mina and the ‘Peter Pan Map of Kensington Gardens’ commissioned by The Underground Railroad Electric Railways Company in 1923. The author quotes J.M. Barrie “The Neverland is the map of a child’s mind.” The second being drawn for people to explore while waiting for a train. Many of the maps contained in this book have similar fun stories or facts.If you enjoy maps, you must read this book. The maps are brilliant and the colors are rich. I received an eBook ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion or ratings of this book.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    "The Writer's Map" invites us into the maps and worlds of some of our favorite books, stories, series. How many times have you read a book & mentally built your own map of the world that has unfurled before you in the pages? A visually stimulating book filled with maps of all shapes, sizes, colors and details and also the stories of creating the maps and the worlds - this book would find favor among those who love maps, travel, literature, imagination & more!Free eARC from NetGalley in e "The Writer's Map" invites us into the maps and worlds of some of our favorite books, stories, series. How many times have you read a book & mentally built your own map of the world that has unfurled before you in the pages? A visually stimulating book filled with maps of all shapes, sizes, colors and details and also the stories of creating the maps and the worlds - this book would find favor among those who love maps, travel, literature, imagination & more!Free eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is available on October 11th.
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  • Rawan
    January 1, 1970
    I read this beautiful article about this book and I want to read it so badly!!! What an interesting concept.
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