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5.0 out of 5 stars Mapping the Roads
As a kindred, map addicted spirit, I love Mike Parker's analogy that roads are to countries what arteries are to the human body: "they channel the lifeblood of a nation, moving people and goods around, shaping the development of our towns and cities and providing the framework on which all else is hung." Accompanied by an excellent selection of illustrations (including...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting history
It seems rather long winded and has been difficult to get in to. The idea is good and looked ideal for someone who is interested in maps. However, more meaningful illustrations would have been useful, especially in a book about an items that is viewed for its use.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mapping the Roads, 14 Oct 2013
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As a kindred, map addicted spirit, I love Mike Parker's analogy that roads are to countries what arteries are to the human body: "they channel the lifeblood of a nation, moving people and goods around, shaping the development of our towns and cities and providing the framework on which all else is hung." Accompanied by an excellent selection of illustrations (including loads of brilliantly reproduced maps that you can get lost in for hours), Mapping the Roads charts the development of Britain's road systems and examines how the variety, availability and desirability (or otherwise) of road-based means of transport has influenced the growth of the nation. There's a lot of historical, political and geographical detail involved in the book but Parker writes with mix of offbeat, humorous observation and hard fact that makes it a pleasure to read. The history of the development of the road system really does reflect and echo the changing face of Britain over the centuries and as such is a truly interesting and informative subject. As Parker notes in his introduction, Mapping the Roads is a story "full of intrigue and invention, ambition and hope" and is an excellent way to while away the hours when the weather is too bad to actually be out, map in hand, trekking through the countryside.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining and well produced, 9 Nov 2013
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Mike Parker is your man when it comes to maps. This is a very nice sample of road mapping, spun round an account of the development of the road system in this country. The samples of published maps from all eras are excellently reproduced and his comments are pithy and well-considered. I enjoyed this and recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read with plenty of detailed illustrations, 28 Jan 2014
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I had a quick look at this publication in a bookshop last autumn and realised it was just what I wanted - an even balance between explanation and illustration. Having made the purchase I was not disappointed, the writing style is informative without being 'heavy', and the reproduction of the maps - many full-page - deserve detailed examination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Travel of the centuries, 16 Jan 2014
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This book was a gif which is being much enjoyed by the recipeint .It is ideal for anyone with an interest in travel over the ages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mapping the roads, 13 Jan 2014
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a useful and readable (and well illlustrated) history of mapping in the UK. Map cover pictures show how the focus has moved over the years from cyclists and walkers to car drivers...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating facts, 5 July 2014
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Great book full of useful information and properly sourced too. An insight into the ways our country has been changed socially, economically and architecturally by the influence of automotive transports and roads necessary to cope with it all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent present for map porn lovers everywhere, 14 May 2014
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I got this for my boyfriend who is a map addict. He loves it and it is an excellent coffee table book. Not sure I'd spend RRP on it but for the Amazon price it's a good shout. Interesting facts for him to tell me about, and is picked up by visitors often enough to be well read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting history, 22 Mar 2014
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It seems rather long winded and has been difficult to get in to. The idea is good and looked ideal for someone who is interested in maps. However, more meaningful illustrations would have been useful, especially in a book about an items that is viewed for its use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Find your way, 8 Aug 2014
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A lovely interesting book for those fascinated by maps. Perfect therefore as a gift for my brother in law
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book but....., 16 April 2014
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An interesting book, perhaps veering off maps and into road-building policy more than the title suggests but still good for all that.

What was off-colour was when it went into a political rant about the Thatcher government. It just comes out of nowhere and is really so out-of-context with the expected book content that it really jars as you read. Maybe those sections should have gone into a feature article in the Grauniad instead of this book.
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