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About the Author

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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Second Edition edition (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143116398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143116394
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #581,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent and fully comprehensive of the historical events that led up to the building of the first metro line in Paris.

It then details the steady implementation of the planned network covering the whole of central Paris and also deals with the structures and stations.

Well wrtitten and very readable.
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What a great way to realise a deeper understanding of the Paris metro system! The book gives the reader a moles-eye view of how it was created and developed through the years. I found the book totally captivating.
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If one expects a review of the rolling stock of the Paris Metro, skip this book. If you are interested in the looks, feels of the graphics used on their system - this is the book you are waiting for.

Just as in his other book, this is a study of transit maps especially Paris.

Hopefully this author will cross over to this side of the pond and do such a book om a system in the USA.
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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 detail but this is a pretty comprehensive book. Like others, i am concerned that the map sizes are too small - after all - the real Metro buff is primarily interested in this aspect of the Metro and its evolution. Interestingly, the first edition of this book published by Capital Transport in hardback in the UK Paris Metro Style , is very similar yet very different from this Penguin Paperback. Many of the page layouts in the hardback are different and to my mind, less crowded than the paperback which has too many figures too near the edge of the page. The hardback is available new from Amazon at about the same price as the paperback.
With "Discover Paris by Metro", a RATP sanctioned guidebook Discover Paris by Metro, in addition to whatever version of this book you chose, the armchair Metro enthusiast is well set for enjoyable reading.
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This book is somewhat of a rarity for these days, a visual feast of visuals, graphics, diagrams, and, yes, content. 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. Although the book could be of interest to most anyone simply by virtue of its gorgeous design and layout, the volume really becomes a delight for those who have used the incredible Paris Metro System anytime in the past decades.

The book consists primarliy of variants of metro maps printed over the last (and current) century, and although includes some photos, is really focused on the representational diagrams of the metro in all its incarnations over the years. Of particular emphasis is the design and stylistic decisions that were made on each iteration of the map to increase clarity, improve speed of use, and also to represent the system in a pleasing and distinctive format. Some of these discussions, though written at a level of detail that will surprise non-cartographers, are fascinating explorations of the work and effort that goes into these kinds of maps, and this one in particular. The accompanying text also lays out in some detail the construction and extensions of the system built afte Line 1, and serves to make this book something that can serve as a long-term exploration of the Metro. Pair this book up with Plotkin's The Paris Metro: A Ticket to French History (which has a more developed layout in text of each individual metro station across the entire 14 Lines), and you'll really have a grand exposition of the system.
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As i got this book, i thought "i can't imagine what could be new about Paris metro, coz i already have a book about this awesome system" but i was wrong! This book gives you great opportunity to know how the metro of Paris has grown over the decades, yet over a full century - and the best part of it - at least for me personaly - is the fact, that you will find there tons of historical maps. i didnt even imagine, there were so many of them! It's really amazing to have them all in one book and hold in your own hands, plus the history and other images of the iconic metro system.
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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 lines, Mark Ovendon's wonderful tribute to the history and evolution of a subway that combines engineering with French elan. The layout of the text itself is informative, visually sumptive, filled with stylistic puns. There are huge numbers of maps, photographs and interesting graphics. This is art, politics, sociology and design rolled into one.

On a personal note, on a recent trip to Paris, which sparked my interest in the book, I had the opportunity to travel on all of the Metro lines and 4 of the 6 RER lines. It did not take long to make sense of the system. I was relieved to learn that La Republique where I was based has the most complex series of passages between platforms, though IMHO the area around Les Halles comes close. Having read this book, on my next trip, I hope to be able to pay more attention to the architectural details of the stations and get out to some of the newer ones such as La Defense and Auber. The book also discusses stations that are no longer used and phantom stations that appeared on the maps, sometimes for decades, but were never built.

What the book does not do is discuss rolling stock or gauges of track. It does observe that Metro cars are interchangeable between lines, implying the same gauge, though this is rarely done. The cars are themselves are interesting, possibly unique, in that doors do not open automatically but require the passenger to either press a button or turn a lever. On the design side Ovendon only has the briefest mention of tickets which also changed over the years.
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