The Writer’s Map, edited by Huw Lewis-Jones, £29.95
The Writer’s Map merges two of our favorite issues: maps and literature. Many writers use maps to plan out their tales, whether or not imagined or actual, and books all through historical past have featured a map on their first web page. From Treasure Island to Harry Potter, this e-book seems on the maps that seem in fiction and non-fiction, but additionally the numerous maps that have impressed writers, and the sketches they used. The undeniable fact that a number of books select to solely include one illustration – a map – is testomony to their significance. As JRR Tolkien as soon as mentioned, “I wisely started with a map, and made the story fit…”
David Mantero, head purchaser
History of the World, Map by Map, £25
One of the very best makes use of of maps is to assist us perceive historical past in a memorable, visible approach. This Dorling Kindersley e-book makes info on wars, eras and vital occasions straightforward to soak up thanks not solely to 130 detailed maps however to different visuals together with timelines, truth containers and pictures. Divided into seven sections – Prehistory, the Ancient World, Middle Ages, Early Modern World, Revolution and Industry, Progress and Empire, and the Modern World – it’s very easy to navigate and is sensible of the historical past of the world. DM
France Wine wall map, £19.99
One for the oenophiles, this map presents all France’s wine areas in line with their official classifications. The base map has colouring in line with imply annual temperatures, with graphics to point mountainous and/or forested areas, most important rivers and roads, plus chosen cities and areas throughout the wine areas. Insets current in better element the subsidiary zones of Bordeaux and two areas of Burgundy: Côte d’Or and Beaujolais. Wine maps are additionally accessible of Italy, Spain and Portugal, California, New Zealand and extra.
Vivien Godfrey, chairman
Shipping Areas tea towel, £9.99
We are a nation of seafarers who depend on climate forecasts to maintain secure. Even if the transport forecast doesn’t make a lot sense to most of us, it’s acquainted and soothing. This tea towel will aid you perceive the transport forecast, with the 30 transport areas talked about within the World Service forecast clearly marked. So, the subsequent time you activate the radio and listen to about excessive winds in Cromarty, Forth and Tyne, you may be wiser and your tea cups will probably be dry. VG
Where the Animals Go, £14.99
This e-book by James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti seems at knowledge from satellites, drones, digicam traps, apps and different fashionable methods of monitoring to observe the journeys of a number of totally different animal species. The e-book is in three sections – land, sea and air – and every part has a number of chapters on totally different species. One chapter seems at elephants being tracked by GPS, with maps displaying them making their annual migration in the hunt for meals and water. The knowledge, maps and graphics give an actual glimpse into the animal world.
Jude Brosnan, advertising and marketing supervisor
Brutalist London map, £eight
You both adore it otherwise you hate it. Said to have been coined within the within the late 1950s from the French béton brut, that means “raw concrete”, brutalism was an enormous affect on the 1960s London skyline, with many civic constructing and housing estates being erected on this type. The Blue Crow Brutalist London map options a few of London’s most interesting examples of brutalism and consists of particulars for exploring by yourself. Brutalist maps of different cities, together with Paris, Washington and Sydney, are additionally accessible. JB
Music Map, £14.99
This folded Music Map of Great Britain consists of locations celebrated in songs and covers music historical past from the well-known to the obscure. It options greater than 2,000 reside music venues, festivals and locations celebrated in songs. There are extra (and considerably area of interest) street journey concepts, in addition to Ordnance Survey map references for these who wish to go and see a little bit of the good open air whereas listening to nice tunes.
Greg Cotton, bookseller
Ordnance Survey Puzzle Book, £14.99
Ordnance Survey has been mapping Great Britain for greater than 225 years and its maps are classics. This puzzle e-book consists of phrase puzzles, search-and-find clues, normal data conundrums and numerous mathematical challenges, in 4 ranges from straightforward to difficult. It consists of maps containing uncommon geographical options or websites of particular cultural curiosity. It will make you look extra carefully at each map, take a look at your map-reading data and enhance your navigational abilities. GC
Stanford’s Library wall map of the world 1879, from £7.99
This replica of a map revealed by Edward Stanford in 1879 is from our cartographic archive. The most important distinction between it and different fashionable and historic maps is its depiction of commerce winds and transport routes at the moment. It’s an amazing map for historical past buffs because it’s fascinating to see how a lot the world has modified geographically. Its Victorian styling makes it very picturesque and folks have despatched us photographs of the map getting used as a desk plan at weddings.
Martin Greenaway, digital cartographer
Transit Maps of the World, £16.99
For lots of people a very powerful map wanted when travelling is one detailing the native transport hyperlinks. Over the years transit map design has come a good distance and turn out to be extra easy and trendy and a few are a murals in themselves. This e-book of Every Urban Train Map on Earth is a complete assortment of historic and present maps across the world. It’s nice for anybody with an curiosity in graphic design, city planning or transport. MG
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