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on January 8, 2010
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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