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The Cartographers

Peng Shepherd

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Adventure, Historical maps & atlases, Cartography, map-making & projections, Travel maps

A spellbinding story with a brilliant concept, set in a world where it's possible to create new places by illustrating them on maps. Perfect for fans of THE BINDING and THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY.

'Exquisitely written ... Be prepared to be swept away on an incredible journey' Brad Thor, #1 bestselling author of Black Ice

'A story about magical maps that lead to your heart's desire [and] the people who would do anything to find them ... A vastly rich experience' Charles Soule, author of The Oracle Year


Some places you won't find on any maps. Others, are only on maps . . .

Nell Young hasn't spoken to her father, the world-respected cartographer Dr. Daniel Young, in years - but this morning he was found dead in his office at the New York Public Library.

When they last met, Dr Young fired Nell after an argument over a seemingly worthless mass-produced highway map. Now every copy of this map is being found and destroyed . . .

To find out why, Nell will embark on a dangerous journey into the heart of a conspiracy beyond belief, discovering her family's darkest secrets and the true power that lies in maps . . .


'A bedazzling metaphysical tale of lost and found.' Booklist

'Deeply satisfying ... Brilliant.' Washington Post

'A shimmering delight, full of wonder, danger, and marvel.' Library Journal

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Praise for The Cartographers

  • It is an incredible concept, and she is a brilliant, brilliant new fiction writer. - The Today Show

  • A moving treatise on love and loss, with the bonus of a stunning denouement' - Guardian

  • Right up there with Station Eleven: achingly beautiful literary novels about a changed world. - Refinery29

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Peng Shepherd

Peng Shepherd was born and raised in Arizona, USA, where she rode horses and trained in classical ballet. She earned her MFA in creative writing from New York University, and has lived in Beijing; London; Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; and New York City. The Cartographers is her second novel.

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