Atlas Of Imagined Places: 5000 Fictional Locations In One Book

Atlas Of Imagined Places: 5000 Fictional Locations In One Book
A crowded map of place names in south-east England, showing fictional locations.
An extract from the map of Britain and Ireland showing fictional places in the south-east.

Remember our 'Fake Britain' map? The one that showed about 1,000 fictional British places from film, TV, novels, comics and video games?

Well, in an act of epic scope creep, it's now been turned into a world atlas.

Londonist editor-at-large Matt Brown, and co-author Rhys B Davies, have taken the concept to the entire planet in their Atlas of Imagined Places.

The book includes 5,000 locations - everywhere from Bedrock to Erinsborough, Vice City to Wakanda - drawn from varied works of fiction, but plotted alongside one another like some madcap alternative reality.

The Central America map contains hundreds of places, from Pirates of the Caribbean to Jurassic Park, with cameos from James Bond, Captain Pugwash, Robinson Crusoe and From Dawn to Dusk.

The atlas is sumptuously illustrated by Mike Hall, whose glorious maps and illustrations of London have long beguiled us.

The book comes with a full guide to the many sources, with notes on how the locations were sleuthed. The authors even claim to have found a plausible location for Springfield from the Simpsons, despite that show being notoriously coy and tricksy about its whereabouts.

The London area contains a few notable locations. Walford, of course, from Eastenders and Canley from The Bill. At the more literary end is Valley Fields from PG Wodehouse and Ham - the island from Book of Dave, formerly known as Hampstead. And then there's East Cheam, which will be immediately obvious to older, British readers (an invention of Tony Hancock).

A map on this resolution, though, can only scratch the surface of fictional London. For that, you can always browse our map of the Unreal City, which contains hundreds of fictional places in the capital.

Front cover of the atlas showing the east coast of America and a cartouche with the title.

Atlas of Imagined Places by Matt Brown and Rhys B Davies is out now from Batsford. Available via Bookshop.org or Amazon, and in all good book shops.

Last Updated 30 September 2021