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On The Map: Why the world looks the way it does [Hardcover]

Simon Garfield
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'Delightful. If maps be the fuel of wanderlust, read on' -- From the foreword by Dava Sobel, author of Longitude

'There couldn't be anyone better to write about our love for maps than Simon Garfield, who is a master at unearthing strange facts and mixing them with a lively personal narrative ... fascinating' -- Giles Foden, Conde Nast Traveller

'Completely enthralling' -- Daily Mail

'Garfield has a genius for being sparked to life by esoteric enthusiasm and charming readers with his delight' -- The Times

'Simon Garfield's new book is a rollicking sweep through map history, packed with curiosities and written with verve ... On The Map will inspire you to take a trip to somewhere new, buy an antique globe to chart the rise and fall of empires, or just dig out a tatty orange Ordnance Survey Explorer map and let its filigree of contour lines evoke a long-forgotten walk in the rain ... a great book.' Independent on Sunday

'This book is a joy and should be an absolute smash hit' Press Association

'Stunning ... As one of the UK's leading contemporary polymaths, Garfield's always a joy to read'Monocle

'Garfield's genial prose twinkles with the delight of discovery' --Wanderlust

'A pub quizzer's dream ... Rather than over-romanticise the experience of map-reading, Garfield allows his varied, expertly researched stories to speak for themselves, and in so doing helps us see that there are fewer things in life more useful, rewarding and beautiful than a map that does what it's supposed to. Perhaps if Apple had read the book a few months ago, today's iPhone users would have a much better idea of where they're going.' -- Daily Telegraph

'He takes us on a fascinating voyage ... and is a lively companion for the journey' Scotsman

'He hops around the world, ancient and modern, with glee, dispensing information, both learned and chatty. On the Map is informative and entertaining, and good fun ... fascinating.' --Irish Times

Book Description

From Mappa Mundi to Google Maps - the bestselling Just My Type author turns his gaze to maps.Packed with accompanying map illustrations and images.

About the Author

Simon Garfield is the author of more than a dozen acclaimed books of non-fiction, including the international bestseller, Just My Type - A Book About Fonts, and a trilogy of edited diaries from the Mass Observation Archive. He lives in London and St Ives, with old maps lining the walls.
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