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An evening of Atlas of Imagined Places

07/10/2021 7:00 pm – 07/10/2021 8:30 pm | Stanfords Bookshop, 7 Mercer Walk, Covent Garden, WC2H 9FA

Come along for an evening of fun, maps and imagination as Matt Brown, Rhys B. Davis and illustrator Mike Hall head to Stanfords bookshop to talk about their wonderful new book Atlas of Imagined Places. A stunning collection of fictional geography and topography, drawn from the world’s most-loved books, films and television productions.

Map aficionados Matt Brown and Rhys B. Davies take readers on a tour around the world, offering a kaleidoscope of invented buildings, towns, countries, forests, mountains, rivers and oceans, shipwrecks and sunken cities. All beautifully brought to life in a collection of maps illustrated by Mike Hall.


  • From Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot to superhero Wakanda, from Lilliput of Gulliver’s Travels to Springfield in The Simpsons, 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 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, beautiful and an essential book for any popular culture fan and map enthusiast.



Matt Brown is the author of 11 books for Batsford, including eight titles in the popular Everything You Know... series of mythbusting books. He has served as editor and editor-at-large of for many years, 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, London Eye, Royal Institution, Royal Society and Manchester Science Museum, among many others. All of his books use humour and playfulness as tools to explore the world. He is tweeting at @mattfromlondon.

Rhys B. Davies hails from South Wales. Growing up as a child of the nineties, he was reared on a mix of Saturday-morning cartoons, blockbuster films and all manner of literature, from Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl to the airport bookstore staples of Crichton, Clancy and Cussler. These influences coalesced into a deep love of fiction and the worlds that imagination can build – definitely useful when trying to map those worlds out! His first novel Timewreck Titanic was independently published in 2012.


Mike Hall is a freelance illustrator and obsessive mapmaker based in Valencia, Spain. He has been fascinated by maps and architecture for as long as he can remember, spending endless days of his childhood drawing buildings in his hometown of Harlow and maps of places both real and imaginary. Since graduating from the University of Westminster, London in 2008 he has developed a specialism in map illustration and architectural drawings for a broad range of clients including Butlins, HarperCollins, Penguin and the Royal Horticultural Society. He is represented by the international agency IllustrationX.


An evening of Atlas of Imagined Places

When: Thursday 7th October, 7-8.30pm
Stanfords Bookshop, 7 Mercer Walk, Covent Garden, WC2H 9FA
Tickets: Tickets are £5