Mrs.P's Journey : The Remarkable Story of the Woman Who Created the A-Z Map Paperback
MRS P'S JOURNEY is the enchanting story of Phyllis Pearsall.
Born Phyllis Isobella Gross, her lifelong nickname was PIG.
The artist daughter of a flamboyant Hungarian Jewish immigrant, and an Irish Italian mother, her bizarre and often traumatic childhood did not restrain her from becoming one of Britain's most intriguing entrepreneurs and self-made millionaires.
After an unsatisfactory marriage, Phyllis, a thirty-year-old divorcee, had to support herself and so became a portrait painter.
It is doing this job and trying to find her patron's houses that Phyllis became increasingly frustrated at the lack of proper maps of London.
Instead of just cursing the fact as many fellow Londoners probably did, Phyllis decided to do something about it.
Without hesitation she covered London's 23,000 streets on foot during the course of one year, often leaving her Horseferry Road bedsit at dawn to do so.
To publish the map, and in light of its enormous success, she sets up her own company, The Geographer's Trust, which still publishes the London A-Z and that of every major British city.
MRS P'S JOURNEY is the account of a strong, independent woman who has left behind an enduring legacy.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages, colour and b&w illustrations
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Publication Date: 04/03/2002
- Category: Biography: general
- ISBN: 9780743408769
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Review by herschelian
Everyone in London, and most of the visitors to this city, use the 'A-Z of London' without any idea of the remarkable woman who devised the idea of such a book, mapped the whole city and singlehandedly started a whole branch of publishing. This is the story of that women, Phyllis Pearsall.
Review by eleanor_eader