From Utopia to Westeros

The Writer’s Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands, edited by Huw Lewis-Jones (Thames & Hudson), was winner in the illustrated-book category in last week’s Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards. Oscar Wilde declared that “A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at.” Lewis-Jones’s beautifully produced compendium takes in everything from Utopia, charted for Thomas More’s satire of 1516, to Westeros, a continent in that swords-and-sorcery series Game of Thrones. It shows how writers of the past created worlds that have inspired writers of the present, from Joanne Harris to Robert Macfarlane (whose contribution you can read on the Thames & Hudson website). 

  Lewis-Jones, with Kari Herbert, also edited Explorers’ Sketchbooks (2016), a marvellous register of first impressions of the world’s wonders.

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