Tag Archives: Mark Mason

Mail Obsession

14 Aug

The best way to describe “Mail Obsession” by Mark Mason is that it is odd.

Mark Mason looked at Britain’s 124 postcodes and decided to visit as many as possible and relay interesting facts about them.

For me the most interesting fact was learning how the postcodes work. This year in London I stayed in a hotel next door to the one I’d stayed in last year. They had different postcodes. I discovered that the first half of the code is the area, the second the property. So quite literally every building in Britain has a different postcode!

Some of the facts were odd, some amusing, some triggered WTF moments.

If you like travel and trivia, this book is for you.

Highly recommended.

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Move Along, Please

21 Mar

There are books of grand epic adventures. Around the world in 80 days. Across the Gobi desert on a skateboard. Sailing the Atlantic in a bathtub.

This isn’t one of them.

“Move Along, Please” by Mark Mason is something much better. A journey achievable by any one of us.

He sets out to travel from Land’s End to John O’Groats using only local buses. He has a fine old time and encounters some interesting people along the way.

The book is peppered with interesting facts about people and places and makes what, on the face of it, is a fairly mundane journey, into something exciting and adventurous.

It’s also a look at the peculiar English trait of eccentricity.

A delightful, entertaining book for the armchair traveler in us all.

Highly recommended.

Walk the Lines

25 Apr

I took my first ride on the Underground when I visited London last year, and promptly fell in love with it, so “Walk the Lines” caught my eye when it came up on my recommendations on the Good Reads site.

Mark Mason’s book, “Walk the Lines: The London Underground, Overground” is a walking tour of all the lines above ground.  Some took three days to traverse on foot!

This book is a wonderful homage and love letter to the Underground system, and London in general.

There is so much marvelous trivia in this book on people and places, that it is the sort of book you keep to dip into again and again.

It will also be a memory jogger for those who have visited or lived in London.  Mark Mason paused to drink at a pub near the hotel that I stayed at last year.  Being able to visualize the scene made it that much more enjoyable to read.

A rare five stars from me, and this book now sits snugly among my permanent collection of books for future re-reading.  I can see me re-reading both before and after every London trip.

Highly recommended.

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