Map Addict

Map Addict

Non-Fiction, Travel, Travel Writing
Paperback Published on: 01/04/2010
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Map Addict
Map Addict
If, like me, you love maps and all things cartographic, this book is definitely for you. Mike Parker takes you on a beguiling journey in this fascinating m... READ MORE
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Synopsis

'My name is Mike and I am a map addict. There, it's said…'

Mike Parker, presenter of Radio 4’s On the Map, celebrates the richness of all things maps in this fantastic, critically-acclaimed read.

On an average day, we will consult some form of map approximately a dozen times, often without even noticing: they are a cipher for every area of human existence. At a stroke, they convey precise information about topography, layout, history, politics and power. They are the unsung heroes of life: Map Addict sings their song.

There are some fine, dry tomes out there about the history and development of cartography: this is not one of them. Mixing wry observation with hard fact and considerable research, Map Addict unearths the offbeat, the unusual and the downright pedantic in a celebration of all things maps. Combining history, travel, politics, memoir and oblique observation in a highly readable, and often very funny, style, Mike Parker confesses how his own impressive map collection was founded on a virulent teenage shoplifting habit, ponders how a good leftie can be so gung-ho about British cartographic imperialism and wages a one-man war against the moronic blandishments of the Sat Nav age.

This new edition of the beloved classic has been fully revised and updated, with a new chapter on digital maps: the good, the bad, the Google Street View.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780007351572
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 330g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm

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