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The Writer's Map


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A team of distinguished and internationally acclaimed writers and illustrators share their personal insights into the maps they love, the maps they use and the maps that set them dreaming.

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Huw Lewis-Jones is a historian of exploration with a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He was formerly Curator at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, and the National Maritime Museum, London. His books include The Conquest of Everest (winner of the History Award at the Banff Mountain Festival), The Crossing of Antarctica and Across the Arctic Ocean. He is the author, with Kari Herbert, of the internationally bestselling and highly acclaimed Explorers' Sketchbooks (2016).


'A beautifully illustrated compendium' - Country Life
'Glorious ... This exquisitely crafted atlas is a must for any passionate reader' - Woman & Home
'Lavish' - Choice
'I'm in love ... this book is genius' - Jen Campbell, Christmas Gift Guide
'Book of the year for 2018. It gathers intelligently charming meditations from writers and festoons them with map after map after map after map of imaginary, and sometimes non-imaginary, lands' - Weekly Standard
'Fantastic' - Atlas Obscura
'This delightful, engrossing exploration is for every reader who's ever admired a book or a map, let alone both' - Shelf Awareness
'The book is stellar. The maps are gorgeously recreated and cover a wide spectrum of type, style, time period, and intent' - Fantasy Literature
'Fascinating' - Financial Times, Books of the Year
'That strange alchemy of words into cartography and sometimes vice versa - how wonderful it is to travel within the bounds of a book' - Daily Telegraph
'Bursting with fascinating essays and maps, this is a feast for the eyes and the mind's eye' - Cumbria Life
'Charts the landscape of literary imagination with passion and care' - NPR Books of the Year
'A gorgeously illustrated collection' - Map Room blog
'A writer's love letter to the map' - Tor.com
'An enchanting collection of fictional cartographies ... spellbinding' - Geographical
'Beautifully produced ... A reminder that a map is far more than a means of plotting a route. Like a book, it can transport you. It can work magic' - Daily Telegraph Travel, Book of the Year
'Treasure to pore over on Christmas Day' - Mainstreet Books
'The ideal gift for the family bookworm' - York Press
'The quintessential coffee-table book' - Chicago Tribune
'An incredible love letter to invention, place, and the art of the map' - Zocalo Public Square
'Absolutely gorgeous' - Independent
'Contains beautiful bold imagery and was particularly skilful when it came to the use of so many different typefaces on one page' - British Design and Production Awards, Winner Production/Trade Illustrated category

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