Reviews for The Land of Heart's Delight


The Land of Heart's Delight shortlisted for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize.

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The Land of Heart's Delight awarded second place for The Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Historical Writing by the BC Historical Federation.


The Land of Heart's Delight shortlisted for the BC Book Prize Bill Duthie Booksellers Award.


"[A] meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated book." —The Coastal Spectator

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"In his foreword, Derek Hayes describes Layland as the foremost map historian of Vancouver Island. Any reader who encounters the sophisticated concision of Layland's commentary will be hard pressed to imagine otherwise. We get the comfortable feeling that Layland might like maps more than he likes people." —BC BookWorld

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"The Land of Heart's Delight is filled with dozens of details that help provide a better sense of where we live . . . It's next to impossible to understand our history without first understanding our geography, and maps hold the key to that knowledge." —The Times Colonist

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Michael Layland joined Annette Lucas on Go! Island to speak about his love of maps, his passion for history, and what inspired his new book, The Land of Heart's Delight: Early Maps and Charts of Vancouver Island.

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