Mrs.P's Journey: The Remarkable Story of the Woman Who Created the A-Z Map

Mrs.P's Journey: The Remarkable Story of the Woman Who Created the A-Z Map

by SarahHartley (Author)

Synopsis

Mrs P's Journey is the enchanting story of Phyllis Pearsall. Born Phyllis Isobella Gross, her lifelong nickname was PIG. The artist daughter of a flamboyant Huangarian 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, has to support herself and so becomes a portrait painter. It is doing this job and trying to find her patron's houses that Phyllis becomes increasingly frustrated at the lack of proper maps of London. Instead of just cursing the fact as many fellow Londoners probably did, Phyllis decided to do something about it. Without hesitation she covered London's 23,000 streets on foot during the course of one year, often leaving her Farringdon bedsit at dawn to do so. To publish the map, and in light of its enormous success, she sets 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.

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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Published: 08 May 2001

ISBN 10: 0743208013
ISBN 13: 9780743208017

Author Bio
Sarah Hartley is commissioning editor at the Daily Mail. Prior to that she worked on Tatler, Frank and most recently The Times. This is her first book.