Where You Are

New Visual Editions map book Where You Are is marketing itself on a rather unusual premise, claiming to be a volume ‘that will leave readers completely lost’.

Where You Are Cover
Where You Are Cover

It’s a sort of anti-self-help message, but one so beautifully executed that being lost within its pages is a rather enticing prospect.

Joe Dunthorne
Joe Dunthorne

The book explores the idea of maps through a series of personal cartographies from literary stars such as Alain de Botton, Leanne Shapton, Sheila Heti and Geoff Dyer.

John Simpson
John Simpson

Each writer was asked to respond to the question ‘what would your personal map be?’

Lila Azam Zabganeh
Lila Azam Zabganeh

The book was designed by London-based consultancy Bibliotheque as a physical box of maps, meaning readers can unfold each of the 16 pieces and delve further into the journeys they delineate.

Olafur Eliasson
Olafur Eliasson

Geoff Dyer’s contribution is a map of his childhood in Cheltenham, ‘drafted using the coordinates of sex, death and drugs’, according to Visual Editions.

Leanne Shapton
Leanne Shapton

Leanne Shapton, meanwhile, documents the objects on her desk at the end of the working day.

Peter Turchi Fold Out
Peter Turchi Fold Out

The book is accompanied with the Where You Are website, www.where-you-are.com, which expands on the maps and allows readers to zoom in and navigate around, with the possibility of viewing how others have explored the text.

Sheila Heti
Sheila Heti

 Where You Are is published by Visual Editions on 14 November priced £35

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