Christmas all mapped out: 10 gift ideas from Stanford’s bookshop

Staff at the famous London emporium pick perfect presents for keen, aspiring and armchair travellers

The Writer’s Map merges two of our favourite things: maps and literature. Many writers use maps to plan out their stories, whether imagined or real, and books throughout history have featured a map on their first page. From Treasure Island to Harry Potter, this book looks at the maps that appear in fiction and non-fiction, but also the many maps that have inspired writers, and the sketches they used. The fact that lots of books choose to only contain one illustration – a map – is testament to their importance. As JRR Tolkien once said, “I wisely started with a map, and made the story fit…”
David Mantero, head buyer

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