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 is one of those books that you didn't know that you needed, much less would enjoy.
This is what should be celebrated - not some arbitrary aesthetic of a "pure" metro that just happens to be well exemplified by the author's favourite london system.
"Transit maps of the world" by Mark Ovenden. This unique atlas contains at least one map of every urban "mass transit" system in the world.
I have a very inventive grandson. He likes to use google maps to find real places that he sees in movies...etc..... Read morePublished 7 months ago by okiedan
The book is primarily about the maps themselves, taking you through the different motifs used throughout the history of all the main transit systems. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you like maps or trains - this is the book for you. I've had this book for years now, and find myself continously going back to it just to read up on some far off place, or to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by newz junkie
great read; maps are wonderful; we have travel plans and this book gives us an idea of places off the beaten track that can be explored as well!Published 8 months ago by M. Mitchell
Not everything you ever wanted to know about transit maps, but certainly the best primer on the subject that I've ever seen. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Shawn Traylor
i love all the map of the metros all over the world and this is one of the best book about them.Published 14 months ago by Matteo
Fascinating book of transit maps from around the world. My gripe with this book is its odd size! It doesn't fit on my bookcase!Published 14 months ago by Observe_the_cat!
You'd be surprised to know what happens to the subway maps in 4 years. Lots change. It was, however, interesting to see all the historical maps.Published 17 months ago by iTodd
this was a gift and a complete success. Recipient was very pleased as he has traveled and used many of these transit systems and enjoyed reviewing the maps.Published 20 months ago by Nancy A. McDaniel