Born in London in 1963, Mark Ovenden evinced an early fascination with trains and TV that has remained with him over the course of his life. Following college he pursued a number of positions in local government and on the radio promoting progressive attitudes towards gay issues before getting a full time job at BBC Radio 1 as a producer. In 1998 he joined MTV as a freelance Music Programmer, where he gave birth to another production company which went on to produce shows for Atlantic252. There Mark was later taken on as a presenter of a weekly record review show with Chris Coco and as their specialist programmes producer and later breakfast newsreader.
When Atlantic252 closed down Mark moved to Ministry Of Sound where he helped set up their DAB station, Ibiza unit and later, as Head of Radio there, ran a popular FM version of the station. Mark moved into consultancy after this working with Purple radio and the DRG.
In 2002 while still working in his spare time on his book project he moved to a fledgling TV channel as Channel Manager.
Mark Ovenden's Metro Maps of the World was published in November 2003 to great critical acclaim. It has since been re-written and updated for the American market and is now published by Penguin as Transit Maps of the World. Mark currently resides in Paris where he is researching his next book on a century of cartography of the Paris Metro Map. He is also working on several other book projects, a radio sit-com, and a TV travel show.
This book helps me to lovingly revisit Paris from my armchair whenever I want.
Printed on a slightly larger than usual format, and laid out in full color on semi-glossy, heavyweight paper, the book will adorn nearly any table on which it is laid.
This is a well-written book that traces the history of the Paris Metro through numerous official and unofficial system maps from inception to present.
I was hoping for more pictures of the Metro today and layouts of the actual stations - kind of geeky. This is more a historical read, which is what is said. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mack Hicks
I got it as a gift and the child who was doing a school project on underground transportation network found it very useful.Published 13 months ago by janice
This is a well-written book that traces the history of the Paris Metro through numerous official and unofficial system maps from inception to present. Read morePublished 18 months ago by MBA in the ICU
Found this book to be a great look at the history of the Paris metro. Would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in such thingsPublished 20 months ago by William Harger
The second edition of this book is a valuable addition to the English library on the Paris Metro. There are books in French that deal with the rolling stock and the lines in more... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Luigi Facotti
Brilliantly evocative in it's typography and layout starting with the first inside page continuing with chapter headers numbered with the pastel circles of the various Metro... Read morePublished on August 30, 2012 by L. King
There are many great reviews here already, so I won't add more (obviously I had hours and days of fascinating reading) except to say that most purchasers of this book will also be... Read morePublished on July 4, 2011 by D. Chambers
Mark Ovenden has tapped into all things great with this follow-up to his Transit Maps book. Just when I thought he couldn't get any closer to my heart, he came out with this gem,... Read morePublished on December 20, 2010 by House of Jules
This book helps me to lovingly revisit Paris from my armchair whenever I want. I expect that it will also help me to appreciate future visits to Paris - my favorite city.Published on September 28, 2010 by Richard Patenaude