Atlas of Imagined Places: From Lilliput To Gotham City (Hardcover)

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WINNER, Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2022: Illustrated Travel Book of the Year. HIGHLY COMMENDED, British Cartographic Society Awards 2022.

From Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot to the superhero land of Wakanda, from Lilliput of Gulliver's Travels to Springfield in The Simpsons, this is a wondrous atlas of imagined places around the world. Locations from film, tv, literature, myths, comics and video games are plotted in a series of beautiful vintage-looking maps.

The maps feature fictional buildings, towns, cities and countries plus mountains and rivers, oceans and seas. Ever wondered where the Bates Motel was based? Or Bedford Falls in It's a Wonderful Life? The authors have taken years to research the likely geography of thousands of popular culture locations that have become almost real to us. Sometimes these are easy to work out, but other times a bit of detective work is needed and the authors have been those detectives. By looking at the maps, you'll find that the revolution at Animal Farm happened next to Winnie the Pooh's home.

Each location has an an extended index entry plus coordinates so you can find it on the maps. Illuminating essays accompanying the maps give a great insight into the stories behind the imaginary places, from Harry Potter's wizardry to Stone Age Bedrock in the Flintstones.

A stunning map collection of invented geography and topography drawn from the world’s imagination. Fascinating and beautiful, this is an essential book for any popular culture fan and map enthusiast.

About the Author

Matt Brown is author of 11 books for Batsford, using his trademark humour and playfulness as tools to explore the world. He has served as editor and editor-at-large of, writing on topics as diverse as street art, politics, map-making and science. With a deep love of trivia, he's written and hosted hundreds of quizzes, including events for the Museum of London and Manchester Science Museum, among many others. He is tweeting at @mattfromlondon. ||

Rhys B. Davies hails from South Wales. As a child of the nineties, he was reared on a mix of Saturday-morning cartoons, blockbuster films and all manner of literature, coalescing into a deep love of fiction and the worlds that imagination can build.

Praise For…

‘There is much to relish in these maps’ - Times Literary Supplement ||

‘[A] luxe oversize book’ - New York Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9781849946414
ISBN-10: 1849946418
Publisher: Batsford
Publication Date: September 28th, 2021
Pages: 168
Language: English