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The Writer's Map
The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands | Huw Lewis-Jones
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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 over two hundred 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.
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Linsy
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This book is so pretty!!!

I only have the galley, so I can‘t do it justice, but there are gorgeous maps throughout and if you look in the Litsy database you can see it‘s a giant, gorgeous hardcover. I‘ve always loved maps, even though I have an atrocious sense of direction, and this book is full of creators sharing their love of books and maps. Highly recommend!

#24b4monday #litsypartyofone #mrbook1inamillion #nfnov

Clwojick 6pt 1mo
ScientistSam Lovely! 1mo
MrBook Whooaa! 1mo
Andrew65 That‘s beautiful! 1mo
CoffeeCatsBooks That looks fantastic! 💕 1mo
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Linsy
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Onto my last #NFNov title before I dive into my fiction TBR with my very healthy #LitsyPartyofOne breakfast. I blame you guys! Whipped cream just makes everything pretty. 🥐

#MrBook1inaMillion #24b4Monday
#GratefulReads #BookandSnack

jdiehr Luke's! 😍 1mo
Andrew65 Breakfast looks good. 😋 1mo
Caffeinated_Reader Delicious! 1mo
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OriginalCyn620 I love everything about that photo! 😊 1mo
Clwojick 1 pt. (And i totally agree about the whipped cream - It's all for the sake of the photo, right? That means the calories don't count) 1mo
MrBook 😋😋😋😋😋 1mo
AmyRebecca Yummy 1mo
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Linsy
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“The invention of the grid-map, which occurred more or less coevally with the rise of modern science in the sixteenth century, introduced a whole new power to cartography.” 🗺

I took this pic at Pioneer Book, my local used book store.

#til #nfnov

Clwojick 4pt 1mo
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umbrellagirl
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😍

LibrarianRyan ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh 6mo
Sarah83 I also bought it. It's wonderful. 🤩 6mo
readingjedi I want this sooooo much. If there's a copy in my local Waterstones tomorrow, it's coming home with me! 6mo
Itchyfeetreader Love this book it‘s great for dipping in and out of 6mo
umbrellagirl I had literally no more room in my bags so it had to stay. 6mo
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Mandoul Stacked - thank you! Looks cool 😀 6mo
BarbaraBB 😍😍 6mo
Cinfhen #CoverCrush ❣️❣️❣️ 6mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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This book is sooooo beautiful. It had good information too, but I found myself way more interested in the images. Maps from the real world/history and also from books and stories.

MayJasper I cover this book. 7mo
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SW-T
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Love the phrase literary cartography 🧭 😊

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SW-T
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To put a city in a book, to put the world on one sheet of paper -- maps are the most condensed humanized spaces of all...They make the landscape fit indoors, make us masters of sights we can't see and spaces we can't cover.-Robert Harbison

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SW-T
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Essays from writers and illustrators about maps of imaginary lands. From belief, to creation, including creating the right type of map, and how to read a map. Beloved landscapes such as Treasure Island, Narnia, Moby Dick, and Middle-Earth are brought to life.

#maps #illustrations #art #fantasy

Megabooks I love books with maps! 9mo
SW-T @Megabooks Me too! 9mo
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Jobe
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This is a beautiful book, found on Amazon for $21. Came out this year full price is $45. I am so excited. larger than I expected it to be!#writersmap #atlas #map #literaryworlds

Victoriahoperose I just looked and it‘s also 10% off right now. I have to have this 😊 12mo
debthmpsn This looks gorgeous 12mo
readordierachel Ooh, pretty! 12mo
Redwritinghood I just picked this up on Amazon too! Good price right now. 12mo
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zsuzsanna_reads
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I bought this book while I was buying Christmas gifts (oops). I will no doubt read most of the essays in it, but I really bought it for it's 220 colour plates of literary lands well or little known and it has completely lived up to my expectations. This book is absolutely gorgeous. There are also essays by authors on how they made their maps. A brilliant gift for map lovers and bookworms.

Highly recommended ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

RachelO That looks gorgeous! 12mo
readingjedi I saw this when I was book shopping and thought it was gorgeous. I resisted buying it though which I now deeply regret! I am extremely envious! 12mo
MayJasper Ooh yes #coversublime 😍 12mo
GypsyKat Oh wow, this looks awesome!!! 12mo
LA_Mead OMG that looks amazing!!!!! 12mo
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Sarah83
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Of course the bf didn't kill the book. It survived. 😍 Isn't it great? The Folio was a Christmas gift, so I don't show it and they mailed me the Folio dairy for next year. 😊 #bookmail

zezeki That looks so lovely 😍😍 13mo
Itchyfeetreader I am loving dipping in and out of this one 13mo
BookNAround Oh my gosh. That looks amazing. 13mo
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Itchyfeetreader
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Am home after an exhausting week away with work but look what was waiting for me at home!!

mabell 😍😍😍 1y
Kayla.Adriena Gorgeous! 14mo
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