Map Addict : A Tale of Obsession, Fudge and the Ordnance Survey Paperback
by Mike Parker
'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.
Have you ever got through an entire day without referring to some kind of navigational aide, be it checking the A-Z, touring the globe on Google Earth, planning a walk or navigating a shopping centre?
Maps are everywhere and they are, according to self proclaimed map-addict Mike Parker, the unsung heroes of life.
Here he sings their song, celebrating everything cartographic.
With a mix of wry observation and hard fact, the offbeat and the completely pedantic, Parker wages a one-man war against the moronic blandishments of the Sat Nav age.
He combines cartographic history and trivia with memoir and oblique observation to create a highly readable expose of the world of maps.
Only here can you find out which area has officially been named by the OS as the most boring square kilometre in the land and whether Milton Keynes was really built to pagan alignment. Confessing that his own impressive map collection was founded on a virulent teenage shoplifting habit Parker ponders how a good leftie can be so gung-ho about British cartographic imperialism and establishes himself as defender and saviour of British cartography in the internet age.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages, 1 col plates (8pp)
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 01/04/2010
- Category: Cartography, map-making & projections
- ISBN: 9780007351572
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Review by antisyzygy
For anyone who has ever looked at a map out of curiosity rather than necessity, this is an enjoyable undemanding read. Based around one man's personal obsession with maps, from schoolboy shoplifting to google maps mashups; it follows how people have interacted with maps through the years and their role in different cultures.There's plenty here to satisfy the average maps addict, even if some of it does hit uncomfortably close to home.