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Maps of My Life by Guy Browning
  

Maps of My Life

Biography / Autobiography   

RRP £8.99

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The history may be a little dodgy but the geography is spot on to quote Guy Browning in his introduction to these childhood vignettes. Geography because maps enchanted him then and now and the book comes with “adjusted” maps illustrating key moments from his life. It’s very funny, a wonderful portrait of a ripely eccentric family, a hugely enjoyable read.

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Synopsis

Maps of My Life by Guy Browning

Guy Browning, author of the Number 1 bestselling Never Hit a Jellyfish with a Spade and popular longstanding Guardian columnist, finally turns his unique attention to a rich new comic seam - his own deeply eccentric and far-flung upbringing. Weaned on maps, educated by maps, surrounded by maps and ever so slightly in love with maps, Guy Browning presents a selection of intriguing and quirkily annotated cartographic gems to chart his unsteady progress from pewling toddler to pewling young man via the furthest corners of the Alps, Niagara Falls, the Mediterranean, Central America and darkest Chipping Norton. Maps of My Life revisits the richly comic highways, byways and unpaved tracks of Guy's unusually peripatetic early years, peopled with unforgettable relatives, friends and foe such as the Fatted Calf, the Sainted One, Langton Machoko and Marshal LaPoulette ...Beautifully produced with full-colour maps throughout, Maps of My Life is one of the funniest autobiographical travel memoirs since Bill Bryson's The Lost Continent .

Reviews

Witty and enjoyable...Practically every sentence has its en-suite drollery... This book puts non-misery memoirs where they belong: on the map -- Jonathan Sale Independent A humorist with a gift for absurdity, Browning's account will bring a smile to the face of anyone born in the Sixties -- Emma Hagestadt The Independent This good-humoured memoir charts the author's progress form his birth in Chipping Norton to the Alps, Niagara Falls, the Mediterranean and Central America...full of drollery, his mental maps include his mother's version of the isle of Wight, somewhere between the Indian Ocean and the Tasman Sea, and a hilarious graphic representation of the destruction of his ego during a relationship with a north Oxford girl -- Aimee Shalan The Guardian A hilarious biography-meets-confession-meets-travel memoir Arena Touching and very, very funny Pyschologies


About the Author

Guy Browning writes the How to… column in The Guardian's Weekend magazine. He is also a business consultant specialising in creativity. He lives quietly in Oxfordshire. In addition to his two volumes of How To... columns, Guy is the author of Weak at the Top – the adventures of his management monster John Weak. Weak was adapted for BBC Radio 4 in 2005 and has been commissioned for a second series.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th August 2009

Author

Guy Browning

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Publisher

Vintage

Format

Paperback
208 pages

Categories

Autobiography: general
Travel writing

ISBN

9780099532248

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