Map Addict : A Tale of Obsession, Fudge & the Ordnance Survey
by Mike Parker
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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My name is Mike and I’m an addict cardThere, it says”Mike Parker, presenter of Radio 4 On the Map, celebrates the richness of all things maps in this fantastic, critically acclaimed readHave you ever had through a whole day without referring to any kind of navigation help, whether it’s checking from A to Z”, going around the world on Google Earth, planning a foot or navigating in a shopping mallThe cards are everywhere, and they are, according to the self-proclaimed Mike Parker card-addict, the unsung hero of lifeHere he sings their song, celebrates all cartographyWith a mixture of deviant observation and de facto, offbeat and completely futile tone, Parker’s pay a one-man war against the dumb blandishments of Sat Nav’s ageIt combines cartographic history and anecdotes with memory and oblique observation to create a very readable, to expose the world of mapsOnly here you can find out of the area was officially named by the most boring operating system square kilometer in the earth and if Milton Keynes was built to pagan alignmentConfessing that his impressive map collection was founded on a virulent teenage shoplifting habit Parker questions how a good right-hander can be so gung-ho on the British map of imperialism and establishes himself as the defender and savior of British cartography in the age of the Internet
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