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The Ramblings of a Twenty Five Inch Man [Kindle Edition]

E. J. Gill
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Ramblings of a Twenty Five Inch Man are the stories of an Ordnance Surveyor. Set in the seventies these are the incredible experiences and encounters that happen to Chris our young surveying hero. From his hilarious but gruelling training in Southampton to map making in the field these stories tell of the last days before digital mapping changed forever the way maps were made. Escaping from the red brick factories and claustrophobic carpet town of Kidderminster in the Midlands where he grew up to join the Ordnance Survey he hopes to find a life of fresh air, freedom and travel. Instead he encounters Russian Spies, the S.A.S. and the most colourful of characters. Dangerous animals, terrain and weather are all in a days work as are being shot at, shelled and imprisoned by a madman with a machete. Written with warmth and humour his story is set against the blossoming romance with his girlfriend Jane. Funny, sad, traumatic and incredible these stories begged to be told. You will never look at an Ordnance Survey map the same way again.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 481 KB
  • Publisher: J & J Gill; 1 edition (3 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005L1DF3C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #733,207 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Elizabeth Jane Gill has had a media career for over twenty five years but has been writing all her life. The Ramblings of a Twenty Five Inch Man was her first published book. 'Ramblings' are the hilarious and amazing true memoirs of an Ordnance Surveyor and his extraordinary experiences in the 1970's.

Illustrated and written by E J Gill in the children's picture book series:
Roley Moley's Christmas
Roley Moley's Easter Surprise
Roley Moley Goes in Search of the Moon
Roley Moley in Trouble,
which are all available as eBooks on Amazon.
Further Roley Moley stories are in the pipeline - coming soon is:
Roley Moley to the Rescue.
Also written and illustrated by E J Gill is the delightful children's story
The Kettle that Lost its Whistle
In a different genre entirely is
'Seymour Stephens Glasses and Other Stories' which are ghost/horror stories.

She has lived in Shropshire for many years enjoying the country life and working on the follow up to The Ramblings of a Twenty Five Inch Man as well as other children's illustrated books.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud 14 Oct. 2011
By imir310
Format:Kindle Edition
The trials and tribulations of a rambling man were good fun to read about. The adventures and clashes with the wonderful, eccentric British public in some of the delightful areas described, caused me to laugh out loud. Made even more enjoyable as I knew some of the places mentioned. And, yes, there is definitely a sequel there. We want to know what happened at the next posting!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very amusing and interesting 12 Sept. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed the book, I would never have imagined that you could have so much adventure and danger in this country. I loved the 70s theme, the old cars, characters and the descriptions. I hope there will be a sequel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Ramblings of a Twenty Five Inch Man 26 Aug. 2012
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Really enjoyed reading this and would have liked to have had a hard copy or paperback so I could give to someone else. I will be reading any further follow-on stories by the same writer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Green Pen needed 9 May 2012
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As someone who knows the area referred to, likes maps and remembers the 70s I found this a pleasant read. However I felt quite irritated at times by some grammatical / spelling and syntax errors. For example the use of "pouring" rather than "poring" over maps; references to a couple named Albert as "the Albert's" not "the Alberts" and similar grocers' apostrophes . The most glaring was "The Isle of Arran was off the west coast of Scotland" - has it moved since then I wanted to ask.
The author claimed to dislike the use of a green pen on his maps by his supervisors, but I do feel that an editor should have been allowed to use one before this book appeared.
Having said that I think that with editing and some photographs of the areas he is talking about this would make quite an acceptable print gift for people interested in maps and the process of preparing them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining 22 Jan. 2012
By Whiskystone - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Humourous, interesting and unique. A very entertaining insight into an unusual career and life. Just the thing I needed for a long plane journey and well recomended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 1 Jan. 2012
By Janet - Published on
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A delightful read in every way. The subject matter is fresh and interesting and the adventures are described with great humour and obvious affection for the work of an Ordnance surveyor. I look forward to the next publication.
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