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This is an auction for MRS P'S JOURNEY: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF THE WOMAN WHO CREATED THE A-Z MAP, by Sarah Hartley.

"An inspiring story of female courage and tenacity in the face of a dark and bewildering city.'
- Peter Ackroyd in the Times

"A richly dramatic story, and Hartley makes the most of it. A lively and engaging book."
- Mail on Sunday (UK)

Amazon.com review:

“MRS P'S JOURNEY is the story of Phyllis Pearsall. Born Phyllis Isobella Gross, her lifelong nickname was PIG. The artist daughter of a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, and an Irish Italian mother, her bizarre and often traumatic childhood did not restrain her from becoming one of Britain's most intriguing entrepreneurs and self-made millionaires. After an unsatisfactory marriage, Phyllis, a thirty-year-old divorcee, had to support herself and so became a portrait painter. It is doing this job and trying to find her patron's houses that Phyllis became increasingly frustrated at the lack of proper maps of London. Instead of cursing the fact Phyllis decided to do something about it. She walked London's 23,000 streets during the course of a year, often leaving her bedsit at dawn to do so. To publish the map, and in light of its enormous success, she set up her own company, The Geographer's Trust, which still publishes the London A-Z and that of every major British city. MRS P'S JOURNEY is the account of a strong, independent woman who has left behind an enduring legacy.”

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Paperback 2002.

334 pages + photographs.

An inscription on the flyleaf. Otherwise, very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 (ordinary post) or $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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