Brilliant Maps | Granta

  • Published: 04/11/2021
  • ISBN: 9781846276637
  • Granta Books
  • 232 pages

Brilliant Maps

Ian Wright

Which nations have North Korean embassies? Which region has the highest number of death metal bands per capita? How many countries have bigger economies than California? Who drives on the ‘wrong’ side of the road? And where can you find lions in the wild?

Revelatory, thought-provoking and fun, Brilliant Maps is a unique atlas of culture, history, politics and miscellanea, compiled by the editor of the iconic Brilliant Maps website. As visually arresting as Information is Beautiful and as full of surprising facts and figures as any encyclopaedia, Brilliant Maps is a stunning piece of cartography that maps our curious and varied planet.

For graphic design enthusiasts, compulsive Wikipedia readers and those looking for the sort of gift they buy for someone else and wind up keeping for themselves, this book will change the way you see the world and your place in it.

This lovely [book]... pulls together fascinating statistics, which are illustrated superbly using a wonderful array of maps... the key to the book's success is the mixture of serious, fun and thought-provoking maps... thoughtful, fun and beautifully illustrated guide to our constantly surprising planet... terrifically interesting stuff

Big Issue

A brilliant collection ... Absolutely absorbing stuff, beautifully laid out

Four Shires Magazine

The Author

Ian Wright runs Brilliant Maps, one of the most popular and most-visited cartographic sites on the internet. In addition to being a cartophile, he’s also a keen walker. In 2015, he combined these two passions to become the first person to walk all of the new expanded London Tube Map. Originally from Canada, he now lives in the UK.

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