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3.0 out of 5 stars Are we there yet?, 8 Jan 2010
This review is from: Map Addict (Hardcover)
This book is nicely written and starts off quite brightly. The author's reminiscences of map-stealing are amusing and create empathy for his narrative. I could easily picture myself pulling off a map heist at 8 years old.
What I found a little harder to visualise was myself viewing unusual mapping features in the company of a boyfriend ! And it's not just me being homophobic....if it's the feature which is under discussion, why mention anyone at all, be it wife, girlfriend, etc.
From that point on, the book seems more about going places with said boyfriend than anything of cartographic interest. For example, a whole chapter is devoted to rude placenames on the OS, whilst the Mercator / Peter's Projection argument is dismissed in just 3 pages. (If that means nothing to you, then you shouldn't read this book anyway).
I would have welcomed greater detail on this and other mapping alternatives. The whole book is more about "where I went with my OS Landranger" than any analytical discussion of cartography, although the section on map history is quite interesting.
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Initial post: 8 Jan 2010 18:14:12 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Jan 2010 18:16:21 GMT
Julian Wark says:
Yes your review is correct. We are a gay couple and bought the book as we are interested in maps only to reach the same conclusion. The non map stuff is just tawdry. We wrote a review which has been removed by Amazon. Presumably Mike Parker is not willing to allow people to vocie an honest opinion. There appears to be some strange voting too...... well that's what friends and family are for! It will be interesting to see how you are dealt with Best Julian

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jan 2010 12:03:44 GMT
M. J. Bailey says:
Thanks Julian,
Sexuality is one thing & maps are another. I enjoy both but not at the same time!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2013 17:54:48 GMT
Ypres says:
Thanks for the warning. The author works for the BBC, so we probably shouldn't have been surprised that he felt he should tell us that he's gay.
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