|Maps in books ...|
|Maps to wondrous places ...|
I have all sorts of proper maps too, ranging from guides to places like Stowe Landscape Gardens and Chiltern Open Air Museum, to a number of OS maps and road atlases (can't abide SatNav).
I'm always especially thrilled to discover places in a book that you can find on a modern day map, although sometimes you have to do your own donkey work in finding the locations of places mentioned. Three Men in a Boat is one of my favourite books, and it's lovely not just to be able to trace the locations on a map, but to have them so close by to visit. There are places which are barely changed and you can half close your eyes and easily imagine J, Harris and George sculling past, with Montmorency keeping watch at the pointy end.
The same applies to Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising - although some are a series of composites, based on places such as Dorney Common and Cliveden, others, such as Huntercombe Lane and Windsor Great Park really exist in their own right, and all of them can be visited both by map and, if you cant get there on your own two feet, via Google Earth.
|Which way? Check the map!|
Please forgive me if I finish with another teeny weeny plug for Haunting Hounds as 50% of all royalties go to a wonderful charity - Kim's Home - please buy a copy or send it as a gift to someone else!
Find out more about the book HERE
and about Kim's Home HERE