My new year’s resolution for 2017 was to read a hundred books that year, and in doing so it occurred to me that I’d virtually travelled to a lot of places whilst reading them.

I thought it would be an interesting idea since then to sketch some of these fictional and non-fictional places as a way to try out new ideas for illustrated maps.

Illustrated map of Nice, France, inspired by reading Akin by Emma DonoghueLaura Barnard
Illustrated map of Papa Westray inspired by The Outrun by Amy LiptrotLaura Barnard
Map of New York & Arizona, USA inspired by reading Lost Children Archive by Valeria LuiselliLaura Barnard
Map of Dungeness, Kent, UK inspired by reading Modern Nature by Derek JarmanLaura Barnard
Map of Portland, Oregon, U.S. inspired by reading Lean on Pete by Willy VlautinLaura Barnard
Map of Davos, Switzerland inspired by reading The Gustav Sonata by Rose TremainLaura Barnard
Map of Harrow, London, UK inspired by reading Coconut Unlimited by Nikesh ShuklaLaura Barnard
Map of Walden Pond, Concord, Massachusetts inspired by reading Walden by Henry David Thoreau
World map inspired by reading This Must Be The Place by Maggie O'Farrell
Map of London, Carlisle & Newcastle inspired by reading The Death Of An Owl by Paul Torday & Piers Torday
Map of Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. inspired by reading Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
Map of El Paso, Texas, U.S. and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico inspired by reading Tequila Sunset by Sam Hawken
Map of Clapham Common & Charing Cross, London, UK & Doubs Valley, France inspired by reading Shuttlecock by Graham Swift
Map of the Birmingham Canal Network inspired by reading Hidden Nature by Alys Fowler
Map of Aldwinter, Essex inspired by reading The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
Map of Pointe-Noire, Republic of the Congo inspired by reading Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou