Maps of My Life, By Guy Browning

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Guy Browning's favourite reading material in the "small room" has always been Philip's School Atlas, hence he decided that his memoirs should also be the story of his best-loved maps.

These cartographic-based gems range from early days in Chipping Norton, to memories of his father's brief posting to El Salvador.

A humorist with a gift for absurdity, Browning's account will bring a smile to the face of anyone born in the Sixties, especially those familiar with "Long Marches" – family rambles involving short-cuts across M.O.D. Danger Areas.

The funniest chapter recounts his courtship of a girl and a series of disastrous encounters with her father.