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  • Published: 15 August 2009
  • ISBN: 9780099532248
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $19.99

Maps of My Life



From the No. 1 bestselling author of Never Hit a Jellyfish with a Spade and Office Politics, an extremely funny memoir of a magnificently eccentric upbringing shaped by a worrying obsession with cartography

Guy Browning, author of the No. 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.

  • Published: 15 August 2009
  • ISBN: 9780099532248
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Guy Browning

Guy Browning comes from a long line of English eccentrics who, for many centuries, have contributed almost nothing to the great sweep of history. He is currently continuing that proud tradition on a small farm in Oxfordshire, raising rare breeds of human being.

In his spare time, he has written, amongst other books, Office Politics, Never Hit a Jellyfish with a Spade, Go Home Early, Maps of My Life, How to Be Normal and, most recently, The British Constitution: First Draft. www.guybrowning.co.uk

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Praise for Maps of My Life

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

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