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Adam Dant’s Maps of London and Beyond wins the ‘Travel and Illustrated Prize’ at Catholic Herald Book Awards 2019

Congratulations to Adam Dant and Maps of London and Beyond – Winner in the ‘Travel and Illustrated’ category at this year’s Catholic Herald Book Awards 2019

The inaugural Catholic Herald Book Awards 2019 ceremony was held on the 16th October at proprietor Sir Rocco Forte’s Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair. The Travel and Illustrated Book Award was judged by Lady Forte, Elizabeth Hurley, Nicky Haslam and Peter Sheppard. Maps of London and Beyond was announced the winner from a shortlist of four books.

Maps of London and Beyond is a spectacular, large-format collection of Adam Dant’s fine art maps giving a unique view of our history and life today, published in collaboration with Spitalfields Life Books.

Artist and cartographer Adam Dant surveys London’s past, present and future from his studio in the East End. Beautiful, witty and subversive, his astonishing maps offer a compelling view of history, lore, language and life in the capital and beyond. Traversed by a plethora of colourful characters including William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Mary Wollstonecraft and Barbara Windsor, Adam Dant’s maps extend from the shipwrecks on the bed of the Thames to the stars in the sky over Soho. Along the way, he captures all the rich traditions in the capital, from brawls and buried treasure to gin and gentlemen’s clubs.

Adam Dant studied at the Royal College of Art, London and the MS University Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda, India. He creates dense, elaborate narrative drawings that examine and depict public contemporary life, space, mythologies and histories. These works are thoroughly researched, with the artist drawing on a deep well of historical and visual sources to create his wittily perceptive detailed drawings. Dant lives and works in London.