The books and maps covered are largely drawn from fantasy and children's literature. Many of these I knew from my childhood, among them Earthsea and Middle Earth, D&D maps, The Phantom Tollbooth, Swallows and Amazons, while others, such as Discworld and Westeros, I met later. Many were new to me, especially some of the more recent children's books, and some of the maps are later creations: the journey in Watership Down overlaid on an topographic map of the real countryside in which it was set, for example.
Some works of literary and genre fiction also feature: William Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County novels, Moby Dick, and Buchan's The Thirty-Nine Steps, among others. And there are a few historical maps, such as Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, and a representation of Viking cosmology, but there's no attempt to cover the history of cartography.
The Writer's Map is a lovely volume, with a great balance between text and illustration, and should be enjoyed by anyone who loves finding a good map in a novel.
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