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The Wild Rover Paperback – 29 Mar 2012
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'Mike Parker offers an exhilarating celebration of the humble map.' Mail on Sunday
This excellent book on the pleasures of maps and navigation, which is also a withering attack on the infantilisation of the satnav age’. Daily Telegraph
‘A highly engaging and thoughtful, haphazard and personal, meander around maps and map-related arcane.' Daily Mail
'This eclectic, funny and warm book should be on the shelves of everyone who has spent hours staring at a map.' The Great Outdoors
'A witty entreaty to leave the satnav in the car, and to head for the hills with the Ordnance Survey.' BBC Country File magazine
About the Author
Mike Parker has had a varied career, which at one point saw him working as a stand-up comedian. He has been widely published and also presents various travel programmes for radio and television. His books to date include the Rough Guide to Wales as well as several other guide books. He writes freelance travel pieces for most of the UK papers, including the Independent, the Independent on Sunday, the Guardian, the Sunday Times and the Mirror.
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However, about a third of the way through, I found that I wasn't enjoying it as much as I was expecting and quickly realised that Parker spends much of the time sneering. Sneering at his fellow walkers, sneering at people who plan their walks, sneering at people who work 9 to 5 and live on new build estates, sneering at coastal walking as against walking by grubby canals and rivers.
Now that would not necessarily be a bad thing were his sneering to be witty and original. It isn't. He picks out lame old targets and attacks them with the blunt and rusty implement of stereotyping. He has a go at health and safety legislation. He bravely portrays schoolboys who like science and maths as wearing bottle bottom glasses. In talking about people living in a new village he creatively talks about "...most of the decisions to move to Mawsley were taken by whippet thin wives, which their considerably heftier husbands went along with for an easier life".Read more ›
Ho hum, after buying this book get off the computer and get yr boots on.
Whole sections of the first part of the book seem to be devoted to rewriting history so that the British footpath network becomes some sort of socialist success-story. One of the things I have always loved about walkers is how we are drawn from all sections of society, but to listen to Parker we are all secret Marxist-Leninists struggling against Tory landowners at every turn. This has not been my experience.
Then to add insult to injury, he displays the most appalling snobbery about towns like Swindon - worse than you would hear in any Conservative Club in the land. I wish I had never bought this book. The only thing I am giving any stars for is the few humorous jokes in the first chapters.
It contains and irreverent collections of stories and experiences, giving insights into the history of public footpaths, the development of the long distance path, and the degree to which walking and outdoor equipment has become so specialised, expensive and designer lead.
I found it difficult to put down.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not very good - don't know why I bought it, his other book was crap alsoPublished 16 months ago by ALAN HOWARTH
Very well written, entertaining and informative. Learned a lot about the history of the rights of way movement in the UK.Published 19 months ago by wimbledonian
Mike Parker has a different take on many things and his approach is refreshing, again, no dreary guide-book stuff herePublished on 21 Feb. 2014 by Bob bob
I haven't read it yet, but I'm sure it will be great. I have read 'Map addict" and 'Neighbours from Hell' by Mike Parker and they are very funny and informative all at the same... Read morePublished on 6 Dec. 2013 by A. Grimaldi
I enjoyed every minute of this book. I have read another book by Mike Parker who seems very much on my wavelength and with the same interests - but not in every way.Published on 14 July 2013 by Amazon Customer
Great on all counts, will use this way of getting a book that I want again, thanks again for the service.Published on 24 April 2013 by T
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