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On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it Does by Simon Garfield
  

On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it Does

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Simon Garfield excels in getting a quart into a pint pot, cramming the history of maps into a very readable one volume history. From picturing the universe to the London Underground, from the map’s role in exploration and politics, in imperial expansion, mythology and disease he shows how we rely on maps to show us everything from our place in the universe to finding our way round the London Underground, to exposing disease, furthering imperial expansion or just to tell lies either through ignorance or political expedience.

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Packed with interesting facts, written in an incredibly accessible style this book is simply amazing. From early attempts to map the world, where strangely East was at the top of some maps (hence the term Orient yourself), to a map of the world created by Facebook connections Simon Garfield shows how maps and map making have been central to human knowledge and development.

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Synopsis

On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it Does by Simon Garfield

From Mappa Mundi to Google Maps - the bestselling Just My Type author turns his gaze to maps. Maps fascinate us. They chart our understanding of the world and they log our progress, but above all they tell our stories. From the early sketches of philosophers and explorers through to Google Maps and beyond, Simon Garfield examines how maps both relate and realign our history. With a historical sweep ranging from Ptolemy to Twitter, Garfield explores the legendary, impassable (and non-existent) mountains of Kong, the role of cartography in combatting cholera, the 17th-century Dutch craze for Atlases, the Norse discovery of America, how a Venetian monk mapped the world from his cell and the Muppets' knack of instant map-travel. Along the way are pocket maps of dragons, Mars, murders and more. From the bestselling and widely-adored author of Just My Type, On The Map is a witty and irrepressible examination of where we've been, how we got there and where we're going. Delightful. If maps be the fuel of wanderlust, read on . (From the foreword by Dava Sobel, author of Longitude).

Reviews

'Garfield has a genius for being sparked to life by esoteric enthusiasm and charming readers with his delight.'
(Iain Finlayson, Times)

'Simon Garfield's new book is a rollicking sweep through map history, packed with curiosities and written with verve... a great book.'
(Mark Wilson, Independent on Sunday)

'Garfield allows his varied, expertly researched stories to speak for themselves, and in so doing helps us see that there are fewer things in life more useful, rewarding and beautiful than a map that does what it's supposed to.
(David Clack, Daily Telegraph)

'Garfield's genial prose twinkles with the delight of discovery
(Tom Hawker, Wanderlust)

About the Author

Simon Garfield

Simon Garfield was our Guest Editor in October 2012 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing.

Simon Garfield is the author of fourteen acclaimed books of non-fiction including On the Map, Just My Type and The Wrestling. His edited diaries from the Mass Observation Archive, Our Hidden Lives, We Are At War and Private Battles, were bestsellers, and his study of AIDS in Britain, The End of Innocence, won the Somerset Maugham prize. He lives in London and St Ives, Cornwall.

Author photo © Sarah Lee

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Publication date

5th September 2013

Author

Simon Garfield

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Publisher

Profile Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
468 pages

Categories

The Real World
Biography / Autobiography
History
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Travel writing
Historical geography

ISBN

9781846685101

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