Thursday, October 25, 2012

Top ten books with maps

Simon Garfield's acclaimed books of nonfiction include last year's Just My Type: A Book about Fonts.

His new book, On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks, is available now in the UK and hits the US in December 2012.

One of Garfield's top ten books with maps, as told to the Guardian:
Masquerade by Kit Williams

A sensation when it was published in 1979, Williams made map detectives of all who fell under its spell. Paintings in his book held clues to where he had buried a golden filigree hare in the English countryside, with readers submitting guess-maps of the location to the author before they started digging. Alas the lucky claimant turned out to be a fraud, obtaining the coordinates by knowing someone who knew Williams' ex-girlfriend, thus also claiming our innocence in the process.
Read about another book on the list.

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