The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands by Huw Lewis-Jones
The Writer's Map winner of Trade Illustrated category in the British Design and Production Awards
Photography & Illustrated Travel Book of the Year at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2019
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publish Date: 4 October 2018
BIC Categories: Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
The Atlas of Imaginary Lands
Maps can transport us, they are filled with wonder, the possibility of real adventure and travels of the mind. This is an atlas of the journeys that writers make, encompassing not only the maps that actually appear in their books, but also the many maps that have inspired them and the sketches that they use in writing.
Exploring the Worlds of Writers
A writer's map might mean the geographies they describe, the worlds inside books that rise from the page, mapped or unmapped, and the realms that authors inhabit as they write. The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands explores the relationship between the worlds that writers create and the maps that bring them to life.
Inspiration for Writers and Readers Alike
The Writer's Map features contributions from a wide range of writers, each sharing their unique relationship with cartography. Philip Pullman recounts a map he drew for an early novel; Robert Macfarlane reflects on his cartophilia, 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 trilogy of films; Miraphora Mina recalls creating ‘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. These diverse voices offer a wealth of insight into the process of creating imaginary lands and the ways in which maps shape our understanding of them.
A World of Maps and Stories
Amidst a cornucopia of images, there are maps of the world as envisaged in medieval times, as well as maps of adventure, sci-fi and fantasy, maps from nursery stories, literary classics, collectible comics – a vast range of genres. The Writer's Map is a celebration of the power of maps to bring stories to life and the enduring appeal of imaginary lands.
Join the Rebellion
The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands is not just a book, it is a call to arms for those who value the power of imagination and the freedom to explore new worlds. At Rebel Renaissance, we believe that the act of creating and exploring imaginary lands is an act of rebellion against the limitations imposed by society and the status quo. This atlas celebrates the art of cartography and the ways in which writers have used maps to bring their stories to life. It invites readers to embark on a journey through the rich history of fictional cartography and to discover the intricate details and hidden treasures that lie within the pages.
As readers delve deeper into The Writer's Map, they will be transported to magical realms, distant planets, and uncharted territories. They will encounter familiar names like J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, and C.S. Lewis, but also discover lesser-known writers and their intricate maps that have never before been published. The book features over 170 illustrations and includes interviews with some of the most acclaimed writers of our time, providing a unique insight into the creative process behind their work.
This book is not just for writers or fans of fantasy literature. It is for anyone who values creativity, curiosity, and the joy of exploration. It encourages readers to step outside the confines of the known world and to chart their own course, inspired by the maps and stories within its pages.
In a world where the boundaries between fact and fiction are increasingly blurred, The Writer's Map reminds us of the power of the imagination and the importance of creating our own maps. It is a celebration of the human spirit and the limitless possibilities of the mind.
As Rebel Renaissance, we are proud to offer this book to our community of like-minded individuals who share our passion for independent thought, artistic expression, and cultural revolution. Join us in exploring the imaginary lands of The Writer's Map and let your creativity soar.
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